Wednesday 12 May 2021

Four in 10 Dutch people can’t name any human rights

United Nations headquartersFour in 10 Dutch people cannot name any human rights, according to research by the Dutch committee for human rights to celebrate Human Rights Day.

The organisation questioned a representative sample of over 1,000 adults and 314 teenagers about what they considered to be human rights.

The most commonly named human rights in the Netherlands are the right to freedom of speech, the right to education and the right to freedom of thought and religion, the report states.

Among the other findings: 10% of those questioned do not think human rights should apply to refugees in the Netherlands and almost six in 10 think companies which only sack older staff are infringing on human rights.

Children were most likely to name the right to education as a basic human right.

The Universal Declaration on Human Rights was signed on December 10, 1948 and contains 30 articles.

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