Every nation provides its people with certain rights. These may be the right to vote, the right to work, or freedom of speech. The idea that the most important rights should be shared by people in every nation is called human rights. The United Nations works to define and protect human rights and the equality of people. A "Declaration of Human Rights" was created to help people understand what rights all people deserve as human beings.
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Brazilian artist Octavio Roth created a series of paintings to celebrate the "Declaration of Human Rights." This one is based on the first article.
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