New Internationalist

Trashing Our Rights

March 1992

new internationalist
issue 229 - March 1992

Illustration by DAVID MOSTYN

The United States is the most prominent of those countries which fail to recognize
economic, social and cultural rights as being of equal importance to civil
and political rights - even though this parity is accepted by the United Nations.




You have the right to freedom of opinion and exp ression. This includes the right to hold opinions,
and receive and impart information through any media.

You have the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

You have the right to take part in the government of your country.

You have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

If arrested you are entitled to a fair public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.


You have the right to food.

You have the right to housing.

You have the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health.

You have the right to education, which will be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.

You have the right to a standard of living which is adequate for the health and well-being of yourself and your family. This includes necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond your control.

Illustration by DAVID MOSTYN

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