What Are Human Rights?

Human rights are the rights we are born with, they are not given to us by governments or appointed officials. They are the fundamental rights that we have to exist in this world.

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.  Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination. United Nations

The Magna Carta

In 1215 the Magna Carta was signed in the U.K. by King John. This is generally recognized as the first document to give rights to Anglo-Americans. It reformed the legal and justice systems and controlled the behavior of royal officials. The English Bill Of Rights followed the Magna Carta which formed the basis of the British Constitution.

In the U.S. the Magna Carta and the English Bill Of Rights were drawn on to incorporate the U.S. Bill of Rights into the current U.S. Constitution.

The United Nations

In 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) set out universal fundamental human rights. The UDHR is the most translated document in the world but not all nations abide by its contents. Basic human rights vary between nations, provinces, and even villages where some human rights may be enforced rigorously while others are not.

The core human rights treaties are:

National Human Rights Conventions

Beyond these international conventions, individual nations have many national and local human rights-related laws such as:

  • Legal rights not to wear a face mask
  • Legal rights of parents
  • Legal rights of minors
  • Doctors legal rights
  • Legal rights of caregivers
  • Legal rights of security staff
  • Legal right to hold certain drugs.


The Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR)(External Link) monitors how participating members’ are meeting their obligations. Member states must produce a report every five years on the human rights in their country. The CESCR uses this report to highlight progress, identify areas of concern and make recommendations.

Amnesty International works as a global movement campaigning ‘for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.’ They help to highlight and fight abuses of human rights worldwide.

Erosion Of Human Rights

While Western news reports on human rights abuses in China, Russia, and many other countries human rights issues are increasing in the U.S. and Europe.

The Erosion Of Human Rights – Read more here.

Human Rights Violations

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