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The Universality Of Human Rights

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Human Rights

The basic tenet of Human Rights is the understanding that all humans share universal aspirations and have inherent rights to security, dignity, freedom of expression, equality and economic, social and cultural protection regardless of geographic boundaries, nationality, gender, ethnic origin, language, religion or any other status. Human rights also include group rights such as self-determination and economic development. These rights are interrelated, interdependent and indivisible and are often expressed and guaranteed through national and international laws and agreements.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 was the first attempt to establish the universality of Human Rights. It was a response to the immense loss of life and destruction caused by Second World War and the failure of the international community to respond to it swiftly. The action of Western Europe and North America to deny entry to German Jews fleeing persecution and sending them back also highlighted the need for a universal code of conduct. The Declaration, which later served as the basis for the International Bill of Human Rights of 1966, encompassed the fundamental rights of individual regardless of nationality. The growth in globalization and the increase in free flow of people and information have brought the universality of human right to the forefront.

The balance between Human Rights and Sovereignty
The balance between the universality of Human Rights and the
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