Contributed by: Mary Donovan
Human Rights are the basic ones you think of when someone says that you should TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED.
(Or, the old-fashioned version: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”)
In other words, we define human rights as the rights that each person has simply by being alive. According to the organization Amnesty International, “Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, language, or other status.” Human rights include civil and political rights (like the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression); and social, cultural and economic rights (like participating in culture, the right to food, and the right to work and receive an education). Laws of most countries as well as international law say that human rights must be protected.
Tired of reading? We like this fun short video that defines, explains, and organizes human rights.
Not tired of reading? You can check out the UN’s definition of human rights here and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s definition here.
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