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Human Rights

Human Rights are basic rights and freedoms that every human being is entitled to, irrespective of their nationality, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, language, sexual orientation, place of residence or any other status. Each person is equally entitled to human rights without discrimination. Human Rights are therefore considered to be universal rights. These include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, the right to education, the right to food as well as economic, social, and cultural rights.

Human Rights are often expressed and ensured by law in the form of national legislation, international treaties, customary international law, general principles and other sources of international law. Human Rights entail both rights and obligations. States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfill human rights. The obligation to protect requires States to protect individuals and groups against human rights abuses. At the individual level, each person should also respect the human rights of others.

Check out the video: What Are Human Rights? 

Every month, Lena dives into the shelves to find particularly interesting books on burning human rights topics. Check them out:

Victoria Heisler

Victoria Heisler

Senior Librarian

E-mail: victoria.heisler@rwi.lu.se

Victoria Heisler is an experienced librarian, archivist, educator, and non-profit administrator. She received her Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in archive management from Simmons College. She also holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English Literature with minors in writing and art.

Prior to RWI, she was the Executive Director of In-Sight Photography Project, a non-profit that offers financially accessible visual arts programming for youth. She has also been both a school librarian and youth services librarian in rural New England. As an archivist, she worked with the head of special collections of Keene State College on the Orang Asli Archives, a research collection documenting the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia.