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The importance of human rights in providing the necessities of life and equal opportunities for all individuals. Discover key documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Gaudium et Spes.


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  1. www.cafod.org.uk Human Rights It is useless to admit that a man has a right to the necessities of life, unless we also do all in our power to supply him with means sufficient for his livelihood. Pope John XXIII, Pacem in terris, 32.

  2. How does it feel? human rights: pl.n. The basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, and in whose exercise a government may not interfere.

  3. Universal Declaration of Human Rights On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). 1948 It states that: Everyone has a right to

  4. humane treatment life, freedom and security equal protection in law freedom of thought, conscience and religion rest and leisure take part in government access public service and social security marry and start a family own property be presumed innocent until proven guilty Work, for a just wage an adequate standard of living free choice of employment Freedom of opinion and expression just conditionsat work freedom of peaceful assembly and association join a trade union protection of privacy, family, home, correspondence and reputation education asylum from persecution participate in cultural life a nationality

  5. Gaudium et Spes (Joys and Hopes) - the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World What is this document? one of four Constitutions from the Second Vatican Council. What is in it? teachings about the Church s relationship to society, especially in reference to economics, poverty, social justice, culture, science, technology and ecumenism. Why is it important? it relates to all people, whatever their religious or cultural background, and has influenced the social teachings of other Christian communities. How does it differ from UDHR? it calls for a self-giving that is firmly rooted in the Gospels, challenging Catholics to recognise Christ present in every person.

  6. There is a growing awareness of the dignity of the human person and (the person s) rights and duties are universal and inviolable. Therefore, there must be made available to all (people) everything necessary for leading a life truly human, such as food, clothing, and shelter; the right to choose a state of life freely and to found a family, the right to education, to employment, to a good reputation, to respect, to appropriate information, to activity in accord with the upright norm of one's own conscience, to protection of privacy and rightful freedom even in matters religious Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World), 26

  7. The right to choose a state of life freely and to found a family The right to food, clothing, and shelter The right to education The right to a good reputation The right to employment The right to respect The right to appropriate information The right to activity in accord with the upright norm of one s own conscience The right to protection of privacy and rightful freedom, even in matters religious (Source: Gaudium et Spes, 26)

  8. 7 Rights lead to duties the common good involves rights and duties with respect to the whole human race. Every social group must take account of the needs and legitimate aspirations of other groups UDHR, Article 29, states that: Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his or her personality is possible. Gaudium et Spes, 26 To claim one's rights and ignore one's duties, or only half fulfil them, is like building a house with one hand and tearing it down with the other. Look again at the human rights on the previous slide. Name a duty that corresponds to each right; for example, the right to respect implies a duty to give respect to others. Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 30

  9. Human rights and CAFOD The right to life and to a decent standard of living: In more than 40 countries, our partners work alongside people in poor communities. Often they help people to learn alternative farming methods or set up new businesses. As a result, thousands of people can now feed their families and achieve a decent standard of living. TASK: Go to our website and find examples of how our partners work upholds other human rights.

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