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Human Rights Vocabulary

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abuse
treatment that is unkind, cruel or unfair.
advocate
a person who supports or speaks in favor of something.
art
a form of expression involving the creation of works with beauty, imagination and the intention to communicate new ideas in a creative way.
affordable
able to be paid for without much difficulty.
article
a section of a document that deals with a particular point
assembly
gathering together of people to discuss or work on a common purpose. a meeting of people to work together to accomplish something
asylum
protection or safety from danger or harm provided by a safe place to be
censor
to examine books, speeches, news stories, movies, mail, etc and order that they be changed or removed, so that people can't see or hear them because someone thinks they are harmful
citizen
a person who has a right to live in a country because they were born there or because they have been accepted with full rights in that country
committed
feeling strongly about something and willing to work hard for it, dedicated
communication
sending an idea or image across to another person to be received and understood using voice, writing, performance, music, photographs and other creative or practical means
concerted
planned or done by two or more people working together or working toward the same goal
contempt
viewing or treating someone as low or worthless
copyright
the legal right to be the only one to make copies of a piece of writing, art, photograph, music or other artistic creation
court
a meeting of all persons who are involved in a situation that needs a legal judgment or decision. this might be to determine if someone has committed a crime or to settle a disagreement
culture
art, music, literature, ideas, scientific progress and other creations of a people or people in general
debate
an organized discussion of something in public; usually two people or teams who each take an opposite view about an idea and take turns discussing their opinions
declaration
the act of announcing or making something known; a document showing that those who signed it are showing their agreement with certain ideas.
democracy
a form of government in which the country's people can participate and vote for how the country is to be run.
detained
kept from going; held back; delayed
dignity
a proper sense of pride and respect
disabled/disability
having a condition of being unable to move, work or act in a usual or healthy way; unable to perform some basic daily tasks without difficulty.
discriminate
to show an unfair difference in treatment; to deny equal rights to certain groups of people.
duty
a moral or legal obligation; a responsibility
elude
to keep from being seen, understood or remembered by.
enumerating
the act of counting or naming, one by one; listing.
equal
having the same status, rights or opportunities as another or others
expression
the communicating of thoughts or feelings through spoken or written words, art, entertainment, etc.
fair
honest, according to what is right, following the rules; not based on prejudice
free
able to do, act or think as one pleases; not under the unwanted control of another
gender
the state of being male or female.
gossip
talk with no helpful purpose about other people and their personal matters when they are not present, especially using false or incomplete data to embarrass the person or make them seem less.
human rights
every person is entitled to certain fundamental rights, simply by the fact that he or she is a human being.
human trafficking:
the buying, selling and transport of human beings for profit. These people are forced to work in inhuman conditions or in illegal occupations
in vain
without success, not accomplishing what is intended.
innocent
blameless; free from guilt or wrong; not doing harm.
judge
a person, usually an experienced lawyer, who is given the power to supervise trials or other law cases and decide what laws apply.
judgment
the ability to come to opinions about things; power of comparing and deciding; understanding; good sense.
jury
a group of people chosen to listen to the evidence in a law trial and then to reach a decision
justice
being fair and right, especially in the way decisions are made in applying rules or the law.
kangaroo court
people who decide to have a trial, done in their own way, against someone they want to find wrong things about or punish. It is done without respect for human rights or the truth.
literate
able to read and write
order
a peaceful condition in which people obey the rules and respect one another.
pirate
to use or reproduce somebody else's work without their permission in order to make money (illegally).
pledge
a promise or agreement that shows true and honest intention to do or provide something.
prejudice
a bad idea of or a dislike of someone, before knowing much about them, based on a false idea of their group, race, religion, etc.
privacy
freedom from secret observation, intrusion or attention of others; freedom from unwanted and enforced observation, intrusion or attention of others.
protocol
a standard procedure or exact plan for research or scientifi c experiments.
prove
to show that something is true or correct.
rebuttal:
an act of saying something is not true or correct by presenting facts or convincing reasons; disprove.
responsibility
being willing to take charge of something, to make something happen; to recognize being the cause of something and continue to take care of it
rumor
a report or a statement said as if it were true, yet it may not be.
security
feeling safe or sure; not worrying about danger, survival or what will happen
shelter
being protected and made safe from weather, dangerous animals and other safety concerns; being able to have a covering which gives a safe place to sleep and eat and if necessary, to work.
slavery
a system involving force to make people work, usually for very little or no pay; using threats, lies or tricks to make people provide some kind of service that they are unwilling to do
social security
a system where governments provide financial help or services. This ensures that everyone who has contributed something to the society receives help when needed for food, medical care, education, etc., especially if they are no longer working due to disability
struggling
trying very hard to survive or overcome difficulties.
torture
purposely causing extreme pain to someone, usually for punishment, persuasion or discrimination.
trade union
a group of workers who join together to make situations better in companies where they work.
trafficking
exchanging or buying and selling of things illegally.
trial
the examination of evidence and law to decide a case brought to court
try
the verb form of trial, meaning to carry out the trial of someone in a court of law.
UDHR
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
united
joined together; working as a team to accomplish a purpose; having agreement and working together because of it.
United Nations
an organization composed of many countries who have agreed to work toward peace and human rights for all people.
violation
the breaking of a law, rule, agreement, promise, etc.; a situation that goes against a promise, agreement or a natural right.
wage
money paid for one's work.