Animal Farm, By George Orwell

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Human rights have been at the centre of the free world officially from the beginning of the seventeenth century with the Bill of Rights (1688/1689). They are described as “moral principles or norms that describe certain standards of human behaviour, and are regularly protected as legal rights in national and international law” (Nickel, 2010). Basically human rights are entitlements which human beings have, which can help them develop to their full potential. They are also described as ‘The rights that one has simply because one is human.’ However, not all human beings have the privilege of experiencing human rights. Some people have described human rights as a ‘gift of the West to the Rest’. In this essay I will look at both aspects of this theory, to figure out whether human rights really do exist in full flow in the non-Western countries, and whether human rights have been violated in Western countries themselves. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the plot of the book is worked around one quote… “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” (Orwell, 1954). I believe that this quote is very relevant to this question. It could imply that the West see themselves as much more equal that the rest of the world and this is why they are giving human rights as a ‘gift’.
Human rights have principles in order to ensure that that they are sustainable for all. All human rights must be equal and non-discriminatory, meaning that no one can be denied human rights…

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