The Negative Aspects of Special Rights

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Kymlicka believes that nation-building is beneficial in developing the identities of the state, he further goes on to say that we can justify granting ‘special rights’ to the minorities in a liberal state to protect them from any injustices (Kymlicka, 2002). Kymlicka does not state exactly what he believes special rights to be, therefore it is open to many different interpretations. I do not find this argument plausible because there are many instances in which certain special rights allow the minorities to have more rights than the majority. This occurs in the case of honour killings and gender equality. Firstly, it should be noted that the purpose of special rights is to promote equality and ensure all groups have equal footing. While I agree with this idea in theory, in practice I do not believe it is successful. I believe this because there are certain cultural traditions that may conflict with others and thus, not promote equality. For example, honour killings are the homicide of someone by the members of their family. This occurs when the perpetrator believes that the victim has brought dishonour to the family by refusing an arranged marriage or engaging in a homosexual relationship, etc. There are a plethora of reasons behind why someone would commit this type of murder, all of which, are unacceptable in any civilized society in my opinion. According to Canadian laws and the morals of most Canadian citizens, murder for any reason is acceptable and against the law.

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