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Explain and illustrate the importance of human rights. Human rights are rights that belong to an individual as a consequence of being human. They refer to a wide continuum of values that are universal in character and in some sense equally claimed for all human beings. It is a common observation that human beings demand the realisation of diverse values to ensure their individual and collective well-being. It also is a common observation that these demands are often painfully frustrated by social as well as natural forces, resulting in exploitation, oppression, persecution, and other forms of deprivation. Consequently, it is of paramount importance that these rights are established to give a new turning point to the life of human beings. Indeed human rights are of supreme significance and they are present to defend all the privileges of human-beings. ...read more.


The declaration also affirms the rights of every person to own property; to be presumed innocent until proven guilty; to travel from a home country at will and return at will; to work under favourable conditions, receive equal pay for equal work, and join labour unions at will; to marry and raise a family; and to participate in government and in the social life of the community. Each article in the declaration came with the Four Freedom principal that is the freedom from fear, freedom of speech, belief and want. These freedoms have been the aspirations of the common people and were even stated by Franklin Roosevelt, in his annual message in 1941 to the Congress of the United States. Therefore the rights of human beings are based on primarily liberty and today, democracy is being a form of government based on liberty of expression, dissent, worship, choice and free from fear. ...read more.


Moreover, the activities of man in response to his own needs and wants have obviously illustrated the importance of human rights. The foundation of the United Nations is one of the very many classic examples. The United Nations was obviously created by heads of various countries to be able to establish these human rights and thus making each and every people living an agreeable and suitable life. In so doing, peace is conserved and eventually allows progress in every part of the world. As a matter of fact therefore, the importance of human rights cannot be under-estimated. Man should always endeavour in order to attain his objective. Human rights are the mechanisms which facilitate the task of human beings in so many ways and it is only man who can give the ultimate of the outcome. Consequently, it is not vain to say that had human rights not existed today, it would have to be invented! ...read more.

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