Linking together for human rights

Human Rights

end violenceHuman rights have been accepted as an international principle since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 after the terrible events of the second world war with the idea that this would ensure that people would henceforth be treated equally and decently.

Currently Palestinians are living in structured inequality (racism, apartheid) and there is systematic violation of the human rights of Palestinian people.  Palestinians currently have no effective way to complain. Civil courts are not open to them; perpetrators of violations are not being brought to justice.  At international level, huge violations that amount to war crimes are more often noticed than previously but rarely investigated internationally and when they are, reports are sidelined and action is delayed.

CADFA resources on human rights in Palestine include  “For Hammam: A Handbook for Young People on Human Rights in Palestine” (teaching material), the human stories in our other books available from our website and our monthly human rights reports from Abu Dis. See also the video and links at the bottom of this page *


Human rights include the following:

• Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person (Article 3)

• No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 5)

• All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law (Article 7)

• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile (Article 9)

• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation (Article 12)

• Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State (Article 13-1)

• Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country (Article 13-2)

• The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State (Article 16–3)

• Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection (Article 25–2)

• No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property (Article 17-2)

• Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives… The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government (Article 21–1,3)

• Everyone has the right to education (Article 26-1)people would be treated decently in the future.



*More about human rights *CADFA work on human rights
CADFA leaflets on human rights
 A talk on human rights in Palestine