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HUMAN RIGHTS

HUMAN RIGHTS

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HUMAN RIGHTS

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  1. HUMAN RIGHTS • Inalienable moral entitlements. . . • Attach to all persons equally. . . • Specify the minimum conditions for human dignity and a tolerable life. . .

  2. Government and rights “The American Declaration of Independence. . .is quite clear that rights are not secure without an actual government to enforce them.” • Jeremy A. Rabkin

  3. WHAT HUMAN RIGHTS DO • Define government power • What government cannot do • What government must do • Challenge exercise of power • Contribute to government’s legitimacy and reputation

  4. Human rights/civil rights Human rights: human attributes Civil rights: government-recognized • Constitutions • Statutes How are human rights and civil rights linked?

  5. Universal Declaration of Human Rights • Catalogue of rights • Normative and prescriptive • Not legally binding • Not necessarily consistent with views/practices of nations

  6. ACTIVITY I Working in small groups, identify what you think are the eight most important rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and why. If you cannot agree on eight, list the candidates for inclusion and why you could not agree on them.

  7. Assumptions • World is “human family” • Rights are foundation of freedom, justice, peace • Everyone has duty to teach, educate, promote human rights

  8. Evaluating status of human rights • Local • State • National • International

  9. Activity II Reflecting first on your own, and using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as your guide, evaluate the state of human rights in • Your town or city • Your state • The United States • An area/nation of the world Join in small groups. Compare your lists and discuss points of agreement/disagreement and why.

  10. NGO’s and human rights • Long history • Dramatic growth since UN created • UN Declaration, Article 71, encourages

  11. TODAY • INGO (international) • BINGO (big/business) • RINGO (religious) • ENGO (environmental) • TANGO (technical assistance) • WANGO: World Association of NGO’s!

  12. Human rights NGO’s Duke University web site: http://library.duke.edu/research/subject/guides/ngo_guide/ngo_links/rights.html

  13. Where. . . do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. . . Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Eleanor Roosevelt