Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. They can never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted – for example if a person breaks the law, or in the interests of national security. These basic rights are based on shared values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence. These values are defined and protected by law. In Britain our human rights are protected by the Human Rights Act 1998. (https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights/what-are-human-rights).
laudable I’d say. And there is more, not just those few sentences
above. We have the European Convention, we have International Human
Rights. Brilliant. Is it? Well, it really depends how you look at it
and where you are situated on the planet. Let’s have a look at the
basics. What are your rights when you are born as an Eskimo? As an
Amazonian Indian living in the darkest middle? Or as a Mongol in a
yurt? It seems to me that the only thing that matters then is the
care, the love of parents. If that is not available then blooey go
your rights. You’ll be dead. Obviously human rights are simply a
set of ideas set up, agreed by many different governments and then
argued over. If we are scrupulously honest we note
that human rights are really
is only when people actually care they may mean something. It is only
when things appear to go wrong on a personal level people start to
shout about human rights. We
should ask, OK human rights, great but have chimpanzees rights?
Gorillas? All other animals? They are born, they are alive! What
about trees? They are alive too. In principle, I’d agree with the
drawn up laws of Human Rights, but the proof of the pudding is in the
eating, meaning the test of the law is in the actual use of it, the
why and what for. And my friends that’s where it fails in many,
many ways. I
go by a few simple ways of living. As a Christian I go by ‘Treat
your neighbour as you would want to be treated yourself’. Factually
‘neighbour’ meaning everybody and everything else. Human rights?
No, not really but a personal moral way of living. Caring about others whether white, black, pink or grey.
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