The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Essay

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Human security is often used interchangeably with human rights, yet it is the subcategory of human rights that falls into human security. They have a very close relationship but are definitely not the same. Human security draws heavily from the concept of human rights which largely owes its principles to.
In Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHD) by the United Nation it is stated, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Human rights are universal. They apply to everyone who is a person regardless of their sex, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, age and nation. They are fundamentally unalienable, in the sense that they cannot be taken away from the individual at any given time. Karel Vasak establishes that there a three generations of human rights: 1st generation includes right to life, 2nd generation includes right to subsistence and 3rd generation which includes a broader spectrum of rights sometimes referred to as solidarity rights. Human rights champion the concept of the individual’s freedom from fear and freedom from want. The UDHD considers human rights to be “the foundation of freedom and justice in the world.”
International law does not have the power to ensure and secure human rights. But there exists legal and international frameworks as well as conventions that give human rights the authenticity that human security craves. The legalistic frameworks used in human rights emphasize the fact that ‘rights’ are…

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