Human Rights Essay

372 WordsDec 9, 20122 Pages
Human Rights "The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." Martin Luther King,Jr Human rights have always been very controversial. Since the existing of mankind rulers have always set up some kind of human rights to control their citizen or to give them the freedom they needed, but never has freedom been enjoyed that much as in today's western culture. Especially after the declaration of human rights, which tries to give everyone no matter what religion, inheritance or culture they belong too. Human rights is not a thing but a concept, a way of thinking and making claims about certain events. Obviously, in a democracy the maximum number of the freedoms and the rights are enjoyed by the people. Besides these are political rights, which include the right to contest an election and to vote freely for a candidate of one’s choice. Human rights are a benchmark of a developed and civilized society, but rights cannot exist in a vacuum. They have their corresponding duties. Rights and duties are the two aspects of the same coin. Rights pre-suppose a rule of law, where each and everyone in the society follow a code of conduct and behaviour for the good of all. It is the sense of duty and tolerance that gives meaning to rights. Rights have their basis in the principle of live and let live. For example, my right to speech and expression involves my duty to allow others to enjoy the same freedom of speech and expression. Rights and duties are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. A perfect balance is to be maintained between the two. Whenever there is imbalance, there is chaos, but then liberty cannot survive without its corresponding obligations and duties. An individual is a part of society in which he enjoys certain rights and freedom only because of fulfilment of certain duties and

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