What Are Human Rights?


An introduction to human rights

Throughout history, people have grappled with ideas about human dignity, respect and responsibility. Today the term “human rights” generally refers to the rights and freedoms we have simply because we are human. It’s an idea thousands of years in the making. 

In this gallery, we are immersed in a multimedia show featuring people speaking about their own perspectives on human rights. A timeline presents 100 selected moments in human rights history throughout the ages and around the world.