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The UDHR for children and youth research guide is now available

26 July 2018

“When children are born, they are free and each should be treated in the same way. They have reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a friendly manner.”

Thirty Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written in a child-friendly format and illustrated in watercolours are available now in the latest research guide created by the OHCHR Library.

The UDHR for children and youth research guide is a gateway to a multitude of resources on the Declaration. Young audiences can learn about the Declaration’s history, read the text adapted for children and a version in plain English language, see illustrations of each Article and refer to a glossary of difficult legal terms.

Children learn by playing. There are also suggestions of activities that include games, books, music, and ideas for discussions and reflections.

A selection of videos on human rights is also available in English, French, Russian and Chinese, which will further facilitate understanding of this important topic among children.

The variety of resources will enable teachers to prepare lessons on the Declaration and human rights, and parents too will find materials that will help them explain human rights to children of different ages.

We encourage you to explore the guide and make full use of it for your education and awareness raising activities aimed at children and youth!

See also additional resources on the UDHR such as a simplified version of the Declaration (PDF) or an illustrated version (PDF).


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  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

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