Basic Human Rights for Self-Development
1. I have the right to have these Basic Human Rights and to stand up for them.
2. I have the right to have my needs and feelings be as important as anyone else’s.
3. I have the right to experience and express my feelings, if I choose to do so, in a respectful way.
4. I have the right to not be responsible for the feelings of another.
5. I have the right to express my opinions, if I choose to do so, in a respectful way.
6. I have the right to set my own priorities.
7. I have the right to establish independence if I choose to.
8. I have the right to decide how I spend my time.
9. I have the right to choose my own lifestyle so long as I do not violate the rights of others.
10. I have the right to change my lifestyle, myself, my behaviors, my values, my life situation, and my mind.
11. I have the right to make honest mistakes and to admit those mistakes without feeling humiliated.
12. I have the right to self-fulfillment through my own talents and interests.
13. I have the right to grow as a person and to accept new challenges.
14. I have the right to choose with whom I spend my time and with whom I share my body.
15. I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect in all my relationships.
16. I have the right to be listened to respectfully.
17. I have the right to ask for what I want assertively.
18. I have the right to say “I don’t understand” or “I don’t know” without feeling or being humiliated.
19. I have the right to say “No,” and to set limits and boundaries without feeling guilty.
20. I have the right to set limits on how I will be treated in relationships.
21. I have the right to expect my boundaries to be respected.
22. I have the right to walk away from toxic or abusive relationships.