Social Justice Stories

building compassion, tolerance, and responsible citizenship through social justice narratives

Human Rights

Do you know your rights? Do you know your responsibilities?

As a member of a community, you are entitled to a long list of human rights designed to protect and keep you safe. However, along with those rights comes great responsibility. It is up to all of us as community members to make sure that everyone is protected and has the opportunity to stand up and be heard.

The activities below start with Introducing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, giving you the opportunity to reflect upon how human rights apply in your own life. Next, you have the chance to do some investigating in your own local/school community. While completing Taking the Human Rights Temperance of My School, you can use the Convention to assess how your communities uphold the rights of all of its members.You can then use what you have learned to examine the Rights Violations of the Character(s) in your Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers book selection.

We are all entitled to human rights. However, we also have the responsibility to make choices that protect and ensure that those rights are extended to all members of our community.

As you work your way through this section and start looking at the activities listed in the next section, Social Injustice, reflect upon the following questions:

  • What are your rights as a community member?

  • What are your responsibilities as a community member?

  • What choices are you making to ensure everyone's rights are protected?

  • What choices could you make to help protect human rights in your community?