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Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

You have the right to live, and to live in freedom and safety.

Illustrated version

Our local and national governments are responsible for working towards providing us safety and security. The tools that are used—for instance, laws or a police force—should not hinder our freedoms and rights. It is our responsibility to influence our governments to guarantee this right to everybody.

liberty is freedom in the public sphere, freedom from captivity, oppression or despotic rule.

Draw a four-columned table and label column one liberty and column three security. Students should list what liberties they have or want and then what kinds of security they have or want. Label columns two and four as means. Across from each of the items in columns one and three, write down the means by which that particular form of liberty or security might be achieved. For example, under security one could list ‘walk home safely at night’. One way to achieve that is by setting up ‘neighborhood watches’ or a ‘police patrol’. Once you have the table complete, discuss the following: can any of the items listed under means also be used to seriously obstruct the liberty or security of citizens?
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