Human Rights And The Rights Essay

1068 Words Apr 20th, 2016 null Page
Since the atrocities of World War 2, the concept of human rights has been brought to the forefront of international politics. Human rights are rights which are inherent to every human being and are universally applied to everyone regardless of location or physical attributes. Firstly the essay will discourse the various categories of human rights and how each one interrelates. Then I will make the case that human rights isn’t a western concept on the basis that rights are universal irrespective of culture.
Human rights come under three main categories; negative rights, positive rights and group rights. Negative rights are characterized as civil, political rights or ‘first generation rights.’ They are framed as ‘freedom forms’ or ‘freedoms of,’ These rights focus on the individual and authorize people to freely participate in political, civil and economic society. It does not necessitate any state funding or intervention, all it requires is law which secures these freedoms by empowering individuals to make their own choices. Civil rights include equality before the law, freedom of religion and freedom from arbitrary arrest. Political rights secure a citizen’s involvement in the affairs of the state, which include freedom of speech, assembly and the right to vote. Many first generation rights arose from the French and American revolutions and are protected in sections 3-21 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR.) The second main category of rights are titled…

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