Who has human rights?
All human beings.
What are human rights?
As a general definition, human rights are “claims on society and freedoms that all persons, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, language, color, race, sex, gender identity, religion, sexuality or class are entitled to enjoy by reason of being human”. These rights are inalienable, meaning they should not be taken away, indivisible, meaning it cannot be separated into parts but is all encompassing (i.e., the right to life, equality and freedom of expression), fundamental, meaning essential or basic needs that all humans share (food, shelter, safety), egalitarian, meaning they should be equal for all and universal, meaning that it should apply to all humans everywhere.
Some examples of human rights include but are not limited to:
Liberty Equality Expression Personal Safety Health Care
Are there other human rights?
Human rights cover all other rights but these are to include constitutional and statutory rights.
Constitutional rights are legal entitlements or principle of freedom extended to citizens (at times others as well) under a particular authority (government).
Some of these constitutional rights in the United States include but are not limited to:
Freedom of speech and expression Freedom of Religion Association
Property Legal representation (fair access) Freedom from Cruel and Unusual Punishment Assembly Fair & Equal Treatment (public) Equal Protection & Due Process
Equal Educational Opportunity Equal Employment Opportunity Marriage (procreate and raise children) Vote Privacy
Residential and educational services provided in a humane and least restrictive environment
Statutory rights or civil rights, relate to a law which is in place by legislature, protecting citizens’ individual freedom from infringement of the government. These rights are designed to ensure physical and mental integrity, life and safety from discrimination and prejudicial or distinguishing treatment on the basis of preconceived notions of a person’s membership to a particular group or class.
Some examples of protected rights by a specific civil law include but are not limited to:
Race Color Sex Gender (Identity)
Sexual Orientation Ethnicity Religion Age
National Origin Disability Language
How do human rights work at CHD?
There is a system of safeguards which include a Human Rights Coordinator for the agency, Human Rights Advocates in each program and Human Rights Committee. Another very important part of the system of human rights is the work that every person served, family member and employee does each day to promote human rights.
Please review the link, “CHD Human Rights System” for the description of each component.