What are human rights?

Today is Human Rights Day across the world. The basic idea of human rights is that each one of us — no matter who we are, or where we are born — is entitled to the same basic rights and freedoms. That may sound straightforward enough, but it gets incredibly complicated as soon as anyone tries to put the idea into practice.

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  1. Pick what, in your opinion, is the most important universal human right. Write down five reasons why it matters so much to you.
  2. Make a timeline of the major milestones that led to our current understanding of universal human rights.