Are human rights absolute/universal?
Human rights is a political term in today's world. Lots of "rights" are really not rights.
If you are of the human species, then yes.
John Locke - natural rights = yes
The UN human rights list = no
Universal. The right to be treated with respect and dignity, as a human not a thing. To have bodily autonomy and be free from anise from others. Saw a pretty good document on this from the UN.
However,I'm a big believer in you getting what you give.
unalienable rights are. not all American "rights" are universal rights.
Human rights are universal. To be treated with dignity and respect. To be treated humanely.
FWIW, you and Mattwall ask the best questions on SOH IMO.
Oh wow. Thank you so much :)
Wow. Thanks so much Dave
Your both welcome. Keep it up.
Interesting results. Good one Hayley!
Yes, but that's a short list.
There are several that are universal but there are plenty that many would argue are rights when really they're just nice to have.
God-given rights are universal. However, the arbitrary rights demanded by so many are not rights at all.
200 years ago if you were black not being owned by someone was considered an arbitrary right...
Yes, but man's lack of understanding does not change God's truth.
Doesn't seem to be too universal if man's understanding of "God's truth" is easily tainted by his own whim.
That's a false appeal to the masses.
Not really. Those rights are meaningless unless there is a system protecting them.
They are not, but they should be
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and the US Constitution are the best examples that ensure these rights.
I call then natural rights but same thing.
Nice thought NO
You gotta fight
For your right
Yes and no. They should be, but they are not recognized and they are legislated
Do humans actually have rights? They are really bestowed upon ourselves. No outside source says, "Hey, y'all have rights now. Have a good life." Natural rights are our perception of what is naturally allotted to us via nature. I believe there are
certain rights which I deem inalienable, and they should be universal/absolute. However, that is simply my perception of what "rights" we have as humans.
Very well said. I have missed your insight over the last few weeks.
Thanks a lot, you two! :)
Really? I've been around! Maybe my insight has been lacking... Uh-oh. It has been a crazy week, but things are calming down. :)
They should be
I agree but they aren't.
:-(. I know
Yes, you have a right to be human, nothing else!
They aren't applied or honored universally, but the "inalienable" ones come close.
Yes, but it gets murky when people start defining everything as a human right. Generally, I believe negative rights are universal, because they are part of the natural state of the human person but positive rights are not bc they must be provided.
They are both absolute and universal. In my opinion.
Yes, but do we get them free of charge, nope..
Yes, the rights to life, liberty, and property.
Today in western civ my teacher talked about the Magna Carta. He said that it came about when the Normans were ruling England, but not actually living there. And so they did really bother the English much. So the English came up with the idea that
that they had certain rights that even the king couldn't get in the way of. He was saying how that wasn't exactly true, but it's what you believe to be true what matters.
I started wondering if every human who ever lived was entitled to the rights that we have come up with..
And after googling it, apparently the absolutism of rights is a common debate.