Universal Declarationof Human Rights
Plain Language Version
When children are born, they are freeand each should be treated in thesame way. They have reason andconscience and should act towardsone another in a friendly manner.
Everyone can claim the followingrights, despite- a different sex- a different skin colour- speaking a different language- thinking different things- believing in another religion- owning more or less- being born in another social group- coming from another countryIt also makes no difference whetherthe country you live in is independent or not.
You have the right to live, and to livein freedom and safety.
Nobody has the right to treat you ashis or her slave and you should not make anyone your slave.
Nobody has the right to torture you.
You should be legally protected in thesame way everywhere, and likeeveryone else.
The law is the same for everyone; it should be applied in the same way toall.
You should be able to ask for legalhelp when the rights your countrygrants you are not respected.
Nobody has the right to put you inprison, to keep you there, or to sendyou away from your country unjustly,or without good reason.
If you go on trial this should be donein public. The people who try youshould not let themselves beinfluenced by others.
You should be considered innocent until it can be proved that you areguilty. If you are accused of a crime,you should always have the right todefend yourself. Nobody has the right to condemn you and punish you forsomething you have not done.
You have the right to ask to beprotected if someone tries to harmyour good name, enter your house,open your letters, or bother you oryour family without a good reason.
You have the right to come and go asyou wish within your country. Youhave the right to leave your countryto go to another one; and you shouldbe able to return to your country if you want.
If someone hurts you, you have theright to go to another country and askit to protect you. You lose this right if you have killed someone and if you,yourself, do not respect what iswritten here.
You have the right to belong to acountry and nobody can prevent you,without a good reason, frombelonging to a country if you wish.
As soon as a person is legallyentitled, he or she has the right tomarry and have a family. In doingthis, neither the colour of your skin,the country you come from nor yourreligion should be impediments. Menand women have the same rightswhen they are married and also whenthey are separated.Nobody should force a person tomarry.The government of your countryshould protect you and the membersof your family.
You have the right to own things andnobody has the right to take these from you without a good reason.
You have the right to profess yourreligion freely, to change it, and topractise it either on your own or withother people.