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Can the police enter your dorm without your permission?

No, not normally. Your home is your place and no one should enter it without your permission.

The law says there are only a few reasons why the police may enter your home:

  • If you yourself say they can
  • If the judge says they can
  • If something very serious is going on and the police need to intervene quickly
  • If someone inside calls for help

Without your permission, a court order, an urgent situation, or cries for help, they are not allowed to enter, even if they are from the police. If they do want to enter, they have to show you that they have a court order.

So remember, your dorm is your safe place and no one should enter without a good reason!

OK, so human rights are rights that everyone has, like the right to be safe and the right to say what you think. They are important for all people, not just some. You know, democracy is a way of governing in which people like you and me can say what we want and use our rights. In the European Union, there is the European Parliament, and its job is to make sure everyone gets those rights.

And you know what? Now young people as young as 16 can vote for the European Parliament. That's cool, because young people also have things they care about, and they should be able to choose who stands up for those things in politics. Politics is about everything that happens in our lives, big and small.

So, it is important for young people to be involved in what happens in the world, in politics and in those human rights. When young people participate in making decisions, they see how it affects their lives and their freedom. And voting is the best way to get involved. Every vote counts!

This initiative is a collaboration with Rule of Law Day.

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