According Article 25 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights „Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of  livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

When we met this man we understood that his human rights have been violated. The man has no job, he is elderly, forced to live on the street in a box. There is no way for him to eat normally and he relies on what he finds next to the waste containers or relies on people who give him handouts.

Author: Martin Stanoev, student, 11th grade, High School of Science and Mathematics  “Acad. Sergey Korolev”, Blagoevgrad

Reflection Questions:

  • In what way can it be said that having a place to live and the opportunity to work is a human right?
  • Which international human rights documents refer to the right to a place to live?
  • Who has the primary responsibility for people having a place to live? Why?