Human rights are among those things that a lot of people take for granted until they are taken away from them. And in this day and age, many still suffer different forms of oppression, injustice, and violations of their basic rights. For this reason, it helps to know about it and how it works. Reading a human rights book and reflecting on personal experiences as well as what is going on around you is a great way to better understand it. Here are just some of the best quotes about human rights that will make you think about how you view them.
1. “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” – United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
2. “A right delayed is a right denied.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel
4. “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F. Kennedy
5. “To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness.” – William Pickens
6. “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela
7. “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. … Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt