When the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December the 10th of 1948, these rights were granted formality and universal recognition. This measure was taken after WWII. The Declaration was considered a great achievement by the international community, especially at this time in history, when the world was driven by two “opposite” forces.
Most of the countries in the world have ratified these rights, so don’t you worry (but if you are wondering if your country has ratified and signed all the treaties and covenants in order to protect these rights, check here).
Ps1: Some fundamental rights: “life, liberty and security of person; the right to an adequate standard of living; the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution; the right to own property; the right to freedom of opinion and
expression; the right to education; the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; and the right to freedom from torture and degrading treatment, among others“. (Human Rights for All, Resources for Speakers on Global Issues – http://www.un.org)
Ps2. In the name of freedom and security, some rights are suppressed by some countries (or like China says: “social stability maintenance”). Not only the United States, China or Iran (countries that haven’t ratified most of the treaties and covenants) suppressed human rights, also those countries that were the first to ratify the covenants violate their citizens rights within their borders.
Ps3. In some developing countries, citizens are still irresponsible and ignorant towards their rights, electing those who aren’t really concerned about Human Rights; Mexico is a good example of this.