RIGHTS AND DUTIES—Sameer Pandey std 8 B and Shifa Ansari std 9 A
The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights which was signed on December 10th 1948, guarantees all people their basic human rights. Many countries joined together to form, agree and sign this Declaration so that people could live a happy and healthy life without being afraid. But this agreement can only be effective if we, the people also did our bit to make our world a better place. According to this declaration,
We are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
We have a duty to treat all people like brothers—– spread universal brotherhood.
The Right to freedom is ours, we are told.
But we have a duty to respect all human beings without distinction of race, colour, caste or religion.
Everyone, the Declaration says, has a right to life, liberty and security of persons.
And, we have a duty to protect the life of all persons; to spread love and not hate.
We are entitled to a free and equal society.
We will not accept discrimination against girls or women.
Justice for all it proclaims; the Law is equal for all citizens.
We have a duty to keep the law; to not be corrupt,
The freedom of speech is guaranteed under the U. N. Declaration.
It is our duty however, to speak the truth at all times and to speak with love.
the right to our childhood is clearly stated;
It is, we must add, our duty to be loving, caring respectful children.
So also, is free and compulsory education our right.
But our duty to be a good student must not be forgotten. To attend school and participate to the best of our abilities.
A healthy, clean and safe environment is ours for the taking.
To protect the environment is our responsibility. To spread the message about global warming is our duty.
While we are very grateful that the heads of countries have come together to guarantee us a safe planet, we students are acutely aware that this can only be achieved when we citizens, young and old, combine our efforts to spread the message of universal equality, peace and fraternity. Together we can all build a happy society if we all take our duties seriously. We can be ambassadors of goodwill and spread ‘Peace dignity and equality on a healthy planet.’