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Unit 1
Government, policies and the public services

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Where do your rights come from?

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To identify the human rights of citizens in the UK To outline the key human rights in the UDHR To discuss where the principles of rights/beliefs and values originate

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Activity: Our human and legal rights
Working as a group Read through the list of rights provided. Divide the list into what you think are human rights and those that you think are legal rights for citizens in the UK.

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Human v legal rights What are the differences between a human right and a legal right?

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Human rights violations
What examples of situations can you think of where human rights have been violated? Here are some examples: Second World War concentration camps/mass murder Bosnia mass graves/genocide (The genocide that occurred was the largest European mass murder to occur in Europe since the Second World War. Bosnian Serb forces committed mass murder of Bosnian Muslims)
genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic/religious/national group

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ECHR
The European Convention on Human Rights was established in 1950 by the Council of Europe to protect the fundamental human rights and freedoms of its people (although the rights were established in British law before the Act). It consists of 30 articles that outline the fundamental human rights of the peoples of Europe

Human Rights Act 1998


The Human Rights Act 1998 outlines the basic human rights of citizens throughout the UK. The Human Rights Act contains 16 rights and freedoms that were identified in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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The 16 rights and freedoms in the Human Rights Act 1998
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. The right to life Prohibition of torture Prohibition of slavery and forced labour The right to liberty and security The right to a fair trial No punishment without law Right to respect a persons private and family life Freedom of thought, conscience and religion 9. Freedom of expression 10. Freedom of assembly and association 11. Right to marry 12. Prohibition of discrimination 13. Protection of property 14. The right to education 15. The right to free elections 16. Prohibition of the death penalty

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Activity: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
one of the highest expressions of the human conscience of our time (Pope John Paul II, 1995) Working as a group Discuss the 30 articles of the UDHR and write what you feel are the 10 most important articles. Do you agree with the statement from the Pope?

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Beliefs/values/rights
Where do you feel that your rights/beliefs and values come from? Government, legal tradition Individual/group beliefs and values Family and peers Social structure/hierarchical nature of society Ethnic origins, culture History Religion

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Activity: Individual and group beliefs
Working as a group Discuss the scenarios that you have been provided with. State what you would do in the situations described and how your beliefs and values have influenced your decisions.

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