Rights and Responsibilities 01
'International Human Rights Day' is celebrated every year on December 10th.

Rights and Responsibilities 01

This KS3 Citizenship quiz looks at rights and responsibilities. During the Second World War, millions were killed during the fighting. Many crimes were committed, for example, deliberately killing or torturing civilians and prisoners of war. It was events of the Second World War that paved the way for universal human rights to be given greater importance around the world.

In December 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations organisation. Several countries whose political systems did not allow equal rights did not vote. The following year, the fourth Geneva Convention took place. This set out the rights of civilians, prisoners of war and wounded or sick armed forces personnel in any future wars.

Laws are in place to ensure everyone gets equal rights. The rights that every UK citizen can expect are set out in the 1998 Human Rights Act.

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Most people realise that with rights come responsibilities. If someone does not accept responsibility for their action, for example, they mug someone or behave in other antisocial ways that infringe the rights of someone else, they can expect their right to liberty and freedom to be removed. In a society, if people treat others with respect, that society will flourish.

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  1. When a law is passed to protect a human right, what does it become?
    Laws give everyone equal rights
  2. Which of these is acting responsibly?
    Behaving responsibly means to behave in a way that respects other people
  3. Which of these is acting irresponsibly?
    Responsibilites can be seen as 'unwritten rules'
  4. Many people with disabilities are still unaware of their rights. Which of these is a good way to raise awareness?
    These forms of adverts will reach a wide audience
  5. On which day is 'International Human Rights Day' celebrated every year?
    That is the day on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was issued
  6. What is the name of a formal agreement between country leaders, politicians, and states concerning war crimes?
    Probably the best known of these is the Geneva Convention. A convention can also deal with other matters that affect all nations that are involved such as trade and human rights
  7. What is the name of the national disability charity that focuses on people with cerebral palsy?
    Scope lobby politicians for laws that give disabled people the rights that they deserve and protect them against discrimination
  8. Which of these is NOT a legal right?
    Not yet anyway!
  9. What does UDHR stand for?
    It begins with the words "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights"
  10. Which charity played a key role in getting The Animal Welfare Act passed in 2006?
    RSPCA = the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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