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now By The Numbers: Human Rights

The term 'human rights' refers to universally-recognized rights for people regardless of their legal jurisdiction. Following the atrocities of World War II, the international community decided that the observance of human rights could no longer be left solely to an individual state. In 1948 the U.N. adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which includes rights, such as the right to education; and freedoms, such as freedom from torture.

'Your rights made simple' is a simplified text of the 30 rights adopted in the UDHR made available by the BBC.

Facts and figures related to human rights (see sources below):

246 million
The number of children engaged in child labor. Nearly 70 percent of these children work in hazardous conditions.

8.4 million
The number of children who are bonded or forced laborers.

300,000
How many children are actively fighting as soldiers with government armed forces or armed opposition groups worldwide.

9.2 million
The estimated number of refugees in the world.

1 billion
The number of illiterate people on the planet.

125 million
The number of children worldwide who are denied a basic education.

840 million
Estimated number of people on the planet who are 'food insecure,', which means they have limited or uncertain access to nutritious, safe foods

60 million
The number of people estimated to have been killed in wars during the 20th Century.

75%
The percentage of war fatalities who are women and children.


Sources: Statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N., Learning Partnership, The International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, Global Campaign for Education.

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