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On Human Rights Day, we speak out!

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. These human rights are not country-specific. They are not a reward for good behaviour, or particular to a certain era or social group. They are the inalienable entitlements of all people, at all times and everywhere, 365 days a year. They are the rights of people of every colour, from every race and ethnic group; whether or not they have disabilities; citizens or migrants; no matter their sex, their class, their caste, their creed, their age or sexual orientation.” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Exactly 6 days ago was the Human Rights Day. I wish I could have written my post on that day, but recently I feel like I am being swallowed by work. Human Rights Day is a really relevant for me because our rights are at the base of our personal development. The 30 articles mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, clearly mention all the rights that we should have in order to live a secure and dignified life. If all of us would have these rights respected, I truly believe that each and one of us would be in harmony with ourselves and those around us.

However, to this exhaustive list, I would also add our personal human rights. What I mean by that is that each one of us has their own particular way in which they wish to be respected and taken into consideration. We all have our own psychological and emotional needs which need to be respected first by us, and then by those around us. It is a good exercise to write down the rights that you would have liked or would like to have. Rights that you might have felt they were infringed by you or someone else around you. Putting them down on a list will help you in setting boundaries for yourself and others and will help you in verbalizing your specific needs and then fulfilling them.

So, here are my first 16 personal rights which came to my mind in a matter of seconds:

1.  I have the right to remain silent.
2. I have the right not to care.
3. I have the right not to be touched.
4. I have the right to my personal space.
5. I have the right to say “No”.
6. I have the right not to love.
7. I have the right to have children.
8. I have the right to free time.
9. I have the right not to know.
10. I have the right to be angry.
11. I have the right to be sad.
12. I have the right not to entertain you.
13. I have the right to disagree with you.
14. I have the right to be ugly.
15. I have the right to be different.
16. I have the right to be me.

I would be happy if you shared yours with me!

Photo and artist credits: Anamaria Olaru

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