human rights

Your Rights in Pictures

These illustrated guides to rights, produced by the Children and Young People's Commissioner of Scotland and artist Alex Leonard, help children and young people to understand their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in a clear and visual way. You can access these illustrated guides (one of children and one for young people) on the Children and Young People's Commissioner of Scotland website. 

Project ARC Theatre Tour

Project ARC, located in Nova Scotia, is a human rights education initiative that uses theatre performances to educate students about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and balancing rights and responsibilities. Project ARC has an all-youth cast who travel to elementary and high schools in Nova Scotia to perform their show about human rights. 

Charter of the United Nations

This is a paper that explains what the United Nations is, as well as their goal and mission. It explains how the smaller councils and committees work inside the United Nations and all the different rules to being a member, the rights of voting, and the steps that have to be followed and the rules about the different people who have to be represented.

How does it work?

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This is an agreement that talks about respecting the basic rights and freedoms of all humans without discriminating against anyone. This agreement is more specific to those rights for people with disabilities. It mentions what responsibilities the government has toward people with disabilities and what rules they need to follow to make sure that their rights are respected and that there is no discrimination and that people with disabilities have the same respect and chances as everyone else.

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

This is an agreement that talks about eliminating torture and other bad treatments of human beings by governments around the world. This includes not only physical torture but also mental or psychological torture. It forces governments to stop, prevent, investigate and punish anyone who participates in torture of any kind. This agreement is based on other human rights agreements like the Universal Declaration and the Covenant on Civil and Political rights and the UN Charter that talk about the basic rights of people, their right to equality, freedom, justice and peace in the world.


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