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Question of the Day: Rights 20 June 2007

Posted by SA'ILA in Culture, SA'ILA, Sociology.

Are there certain rights that should be accorded to all human beings? Should we enforce upon others rights that we think they should have?

How does one draw the line between educating others about rights, about values, and imposing upon others what we think is the right approach to life, the right way to look at issues and ideas?



1. Irving - 13 July 2007

An excellent question :) Twenty some years ago I worked an an editor for the American Bar Association’s Human Rights magazine. Anyway, it’s full title was Human Rights and Responsibilities.

That is exactly it, I think. Human rights always carry the responsibility associated with them, and the responsibility usually also has a legal basis. For example, we have the right of free speech, but there are laws against libel and slander, a legalized value of fairness. Values are essentially codified as a legal fairness issue when rights are part of the social framework, as in the US Constitution.

At least that’s the way it is supposed to work in a free society :)

Ya Haqq!

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