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Understanding human rights Understanding human rights

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Human rights are basic to humanity. They apply to all people everywhere. An understanding of human rights is an important part of our individual status as human beings and of our collective status as members of the global community of humankind.

To understand how human rights affect us in our daily lives and to acknowledge our responsibilities in recognising the need to balance those rights with the rights of others, we require an understanding of what human rights are.

So what are human rights? Where did they come from? How do they impact on humanity? How do they affect me?

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1. What are human rights?

2. The origins of modern human rights laws

3. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights instruments

4. Human rights in Australia