The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Real Human Rights

Posted by rantingkraut on November 18, 2008

The essential point is that the most basic rights, those of freedom of thought, speech and expression, belong to the individual. That is why we call them intrinsic or human rights. They are rights that inhere in our basic status as human beings. They are our most profound rights, belonging to our character as human beings. And, for that reason, we neither multiply them trivially nor dilute their force and meaning by placing them in piecemeal cohabitation with less fundamental accommodations.

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Human rights, the real ones, are ours from the beginning. They are not bestowed by the state, because the state does not “own” them; they are not a state’s or a ruler’s or, for that matter, a human-rights commission’s to give. It equally follows that they are not a state’s or a commission’s to abridge, circumscribe, tamper with or make a toy of.“ (Rex Murphy in the Globe and Mail: source)

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