Human Rights : The Most Important Socio Political Event Of Our Time

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The international effort to determine and protection human rights has been called the most important socio-political event of our time (Reisoğlu). Gaining momentum as our world becomes increasingly globally informed, human rights is the idea that certain universal, inalienable rights are granted to an individual solely upon their human species citizenship and regardless of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, or accidents of birth. Although the majority of people and states around the globe rhetorically agree with the idea of universal human rights, the implementation and preservation of these rights in various respects has also been universally lacking. The blatant disregard for human rights affects the entire human community, calling on everyone to actively uphold and advocate for their protection. In international politics, there is an extensive list of the human rights every individual is entitled to, including the right to work, the right to peaceful assembly, and the right to rest and leisure. As important as each individual right is to a meaningful life, the most important universal human right is the fundamental right to life. Yet, violations of the right to life are appallingly prevalent. As such, the right to life is our greatest priority in contemporary world politics. 1. Defining Life The right to life, as many other human rights, seems straightforward upon first consideration. However, the struggle of defining “life” has plagued

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