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The UN Declaration of Human Rights

The UN Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN in 1948, and was conceived against the background of all the acts of inhumanity during WW2. The Declaration is an international document that states the fundamental rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled

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Before you start working on the different Articles of the Declaration you should take a look at this YouTube link as an introduction to the Declaration of Human Rights.

Then go to the Declaration and study the Articles carefully. Make sure you understand them all. Check with your dictionary and discuss possible interpretations. It is recommended that you work with a partner or in small groups.

Article 1 - 7

  1. How would you translate "in a spirit of brotherhood"?
  2. Give one or two examples of the violation of Article 2 (recently or in history).
  3. In Article 5, you find the correct English expression for "utsatt for". What is it?
  4. What does Article 6 actually mean? Discuss and translate.
  5. Note the use of "before" in Article 7. What is the difference between "before" and "in front of" - both mean "foran/framfor". Explain.

Article 8 - 13

  1. Discuss a relevant translation of Article 8.
  2. What is the difference between "a hearing" and a "lawsuit" in Article 10.
  3. In Article 11, what is "uskyldig til det motsatte er bevist" in English?
  4. What does the last sentence of Article 11/2 mean?
  5. Do we have any violations of Article 13 today?

Article 14 - 18

  1. What does "Asylum from persecution" in Article 14 mean?
  2. How is Article 16 violated in the world today?

Article 19 - 23

  1. What is implied in the last sentence of Article 19?
  2. What is another term for the contents of Article 21/3?
  3. What does to be "entitled to realization" in Article 22 mean. Explain briefly.
  4. In Article 22, what does it mean that certain rights are "indispensable"?
  5. You probably don't know the word "remuneration" in Article 23/3, but you should be able to understand its meaning by studying the whole article carefully.

Article 24 - 30

  1. Find another word for "marriage" by studying Article 25.
  2. In Article 26, what does it mean that "higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit".
  3. Study Article 26/2 and compare to the education you receive at your school. Does it comply?
  4. What do you think of Article 26/3?
  5. In what way does Article 29 differ from the rest of the articles?

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