• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Life, liberty and property - Human rights that matter.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

LIFE, LIBERTY AND PROPERTY: HUMAN RIGHTS THAT MATTER Jared Berney (329338) Professor Bill Skidmore 56.101 Human Rights TA: Sima Qadeer October 27, 2002 Carleton University LIFE, LIBERTY AND PROPERTY: HUMAN RIGHTS THAT MATTER When Jack Donnelly said "Human rights are a social practice that aims to realize a particular vision of human dignity and potential by institutionalizing basic rights...." I immediately realized that to achieve this, the rights of life (race, religion, and gender), liberty and property are most vital. They are the most important rights in order to attain the aforementioned dignity in that they are the rights that touch our individual lives the most often and consistently. These three main rights, which make up our Human Rights Code, cover a variety of different areas dealing with human rights but are also able to fuse what really matters to human beings. Throughout the course of this essay, the importance of each right will discussed, as well as the effect they have on all of our lives. Human rights are political and personal rights that prohibit arbitrary punishments and entitle each person to matter equally (regardless of race, religion and gender).1 Race matters to all human beings because everyone should have the right to be treated equally in spite of skin color. ...read more.

Middle

For someone not to be able to experience any different aspects of life would not only cheat themselves out of important life practices, but also cheat other people into believing what kind of person you really are (as others wouldn't be able to get a clear grasp on your personality). The freedom from arbitrary arrest and confinement is not only significant when dealing with law but also useful when dealing with human rights. The fact that law enforcement and other authoritarians are not permitted to force an arrest upon a person with no apparent grounds is advantageous in protecting citizens from feeling inferior and being treated on a lesser level to the enforcement. Human rights are about fairness3, and the shame a person feels when law enforcement becomes involved in their life is immense. Therefore, it is crucial that there be a level of trust in knowing that you won't be taken into custody for any unfair reason. Along with the law enforcement getting involved, a police officer makes a person feel second-rate which affects their self-importance and the trust they have for the legal system as a whole. If such a human right was not in effect, there would be many violations to all kinds of civilians, leading to eventual distrust of the legal system (which defeats its purpose). ...read more.

Conclusion

As Rosalie Abella wrote in her article, From Civil Liberties to Human Rights: "It is to appreciate that the social orchestra, conducted by democracy, sounds best when it is harmonious. The sounds blend, they do not merge. It is a symphony, not a concerto. All the players expect to contribute to the melodious whole, and are independent sound based on understanding the unique value each different instrument brings to the orchestra. It is a sound we must never stop trying to achieve". 7 It is crucial that all the elements spoke of above (life, liberty, property) come together in order to accomplish the goal. It is with that togetherness that we will come together and achieve what Jack Donnelly, and us as a society, long for. 1 Herman, Edward S. "Immiseration and Human Rights" Third World Resurgence. June 1995. 2 Abella, Rosalie. "From Civil Liberties to Human Rights: Acknowledging the Differences" Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century. 3 Abella, Rosalie. "From Civil Liberties to Human Rights: Acknowledging the Differences" Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century. 4 Unknown. National Platform of the Libertarian Party. http://lp.org/issues/platform/righprop.html. 5 Abella, Rosalie. "From Civil Liberties to Human Rights: Acknowledging the Differences" Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century. 6 Weston, Burns H. "Human Rights" Human Rights in the World Community. 7 Abella, Rosalie. "From Civil Liberties to Human Rights: Acknowledging the Differences" Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Sources of Law section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Sources of Law essays

  1. Events leading to the American Revolution

    and that the commercial benefits of the colony should be shared within the colonies, instead of England becoming more and more economically prosperous. The whole philosophy of mercantilism was about to be crushed due to this idea of self-autonomy with respect to colonial economics.

  2. Human Rights

    Conversely, The Crimes (Child Sex Tourism) Amendment Act 1994 entails a number of flaws such as difficulty and high costs of locating child victims, problems with overseas investigation, and the recurring breaches overseas committed by Australian citizens. Despite the fact that the CST Act had been amended "in order to make proceedings more child-friendly" the child

  1. "Public policy has been slow to treat disability as a matter of equality, human ...

    which produces it; it does not exist outside the social structure in which it is located and independent of the meanings given to it. In other words, disability is socially produced." Oliver feels social exclusion of the disabled population is further reflected upon the ways in which research is carried

  2. Care Values and Practice Module

    This could cause a loss of identity. Tisha, because of the circumstances with her mother had the right to a normal life as possible given the situation and she may have gone to a Hindi School, she has been separated from her family and friends, perhaps some form of counselling would have been appropriate.

  1. Outline many of the basic elements of law that relate to business and marketing.

    An important role of the OCBA which is strongly connected to marketing is "Encourage businesses and consumers to act honestly, ethically and responsibly". Marketers are often reminded of the fourth stage of the Marketing evolution process, 'Societal Marketing'. This is the theory that marketers should act in a socially responsible manner (Rix 2004, p.

  2. How has the European Court of Human Rights contributed to the protection of children's ...

    or where state lacks effective educational supervision, the latter happening in stricter-interpreted Bouamar v. Belgium38. The author questions whether Court's not living up to UNCRC standard - Art. 16 (privacy) - shows its practical unattainability and how likely is allowance of absolute autonomy for child in real life?

  1. Outcome (3): Analyse the provisions relating to the police powers of arrest, search, seizure, ...

    PACE code A defines 'reasonable suspicion', in the context of a stop and search as follows: "Reasonable grounds for suspicion depend on the circumstances in each case. There must be an objective basis for that suspicion based on fact, information, and/or intelligence which are relevant to the likelihood of finding

  2. Should people have a right to privacy?

    This led me to contemplate whether it is acceptable to provide one party with anonymity and the other party with none, if the party has not been proven entirely guilty. The case regarding Joanna Yeates murder and the landlord that was accused guilty provides support to the fact that anonymity should be given to both parties until proven guilty.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work