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We hear so much about Human Rights nowadays. The word is bandied about and very often confused with Civil Rights.

We have Human Rights because we are human beings. Basically they are very few and can be summed us as: A right to life, integrity, dignity, liberty, food, water and shelter. 

Other human rights are derived from these and have been set out in detail in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the United Nations in 1948.

Civil Rights are given to us, or removed from us, by the State.

The State has no function in regard to Human Rights except to recognize and protect them.


I suspect that depends on the state.

My own is pretty hot on human rights.
i know where this is going
for the moment i'm not going there
how am i suppose to take that?
maybe i'll just leave it also - lol
ah, but wait
if someone else rises to it
i'll be back
Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense — nonsense upon stilts.
- Jeremy Bentham

The standpoint of the old materialism is civil society; the standpoint of the new is human society, or social humanity.
- Karl Marx

I find myself sympathetic to both positions.