DAY 11

Credit: Meredith Stern

“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

Welcome to Day 11 of the countdown to the fast-approaching #StandUp4HumanRightsCT rally. Our post today is dedicated to Article 3, which essentially encapsulates the intersection of human rights and freedom in a mere six words: life, liberty, and security of person.

The right to life does not solely apply to one’s physical being, which could be violated by instances of war, solitary confinement, and torture. This right also ensures that everyone’s dignity and emotional well-being are not negatively impacted by such things as homelessness, slavery, and discrimination.

The right to liberty is defined as the freedom to act and believe, and is incorporated into Articles 13, the freedom movement, and 18, the freedom of opinion of expression, among others. See our previous post on balancing personal freedom with being mindful of others’ circumstances and reactions when it comes to the freedom of speech for a more in-depth discussion on the right to liberty.

And finally, the right to security of person. Although this aspect of the article deals more with larger concepts such as arbitrary arrest and detention rather than personal security, every person deserves to also carry out various tasks in his/her life knowing that he/she will be safe and protected.

These three rights of Article 3 are also frequently mentioned in other international documents such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This emphasizes the fact that these rights and freedoms are applicable to everyone.

Check out the pages of some of our co-sponsors, who are working to ensure that everyone is able to carry out the rights to life, liberty, and security of person.

Please #repost, follow our instagram, hit “GOING” Facebook event, and help us #StandUp4HumanRightsCT on September 8th!