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Human Rights

Scales of Justice, Universal declaration of human rights


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GRADE LEVEL: High School

What are Human Rights?

What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?


In 1946, in the immediate aftermath of World War II, with hopes of preventing future atrocities, an international committee with varied legal and cultural backgrounds began to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR was proclaimed by the new United Nations General Assembly in 1948. This document contains 30 Articles that set a standard for core human rights to be protected in all nations and apply to all people around the world. This Declaration was the first of its kind and has been translated into 500 different languages.

About the Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will discover what Universal Human Rights are and make connections to their own communities and experiences.




  • Explain what human rights are.
  • Analyze the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.