It’s a hitbed of an issue, always has been, always will be…But I’m curious…

What are the universal human rights?




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  1. luftballooneyegouge 12 months ago

    Things that nearly or literally everybody agrees on like all people need water so all people should have access to large natural bodies of water.

    I have to put that ‘nearly’ there because although we’d probably agree pursuing literacy is a universal right, slaveowners’d disagree.

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    • Jear77 12 months ago

      @luftballooneyegouge I think you mean “potable water” because saltwater is kinda useless for the most part…

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      • luftballooneyegouge 12 months ago

        @Jear77
        People need salt too.
        I saw it on Star Trek.

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      • Jear77 12 months ago

        @luftballooneyegouge we do, but nit in water… but the salt in the oceans are too much to consume. Drink it and you’ll end up with severe dehydration

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      • luftballooneyegouge 12 months ago

        @Jear77
        Oh sure….
        You can use salt water and a plastic bag or sheet to collect condensation if it gets really rough and you don’t have $5 for a bottle of overpriced water.

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  2. ladybarbara 12 months ago

    We have the right to breath air and to get some sleep.

    Water is not a right, unless you have found and secured a potable water source and you defend being able to use it.

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    • luftballooneyegouge 12 months ago

      @ladybarbara
      I think somebody needs to get Geneva on the phone to some managers & business owners to hip them to the whole right to sleep thing.

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  3. immortal_pirate 12 months ago

    Established by the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Articles 1–2 established the basic concepts of dignity, liberty, equality, and brotherhood.
    Articles 3–11 established other individual rights, such as the right to life and the prohibition of slavery.
    Articles 6–11 refer to the fundamental legality of human rights with specific remedies cited for their defence when violated.
    Articles 12–17 established the rights of the individual towards the community (including such things as freedom of movement).
    Articles 18–21 sanctioned the so-called “constitutional liberties”, and with spiritual, public, and political freedoms, such as freedom of thought, opinion, religion and conscience, word, and peaceful association of the individual.
    Articles 22–27 sanctioned an individual’s economic, social and cultural rights, including healthcare. Article 25 states: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” It also makes additional accommodations for security in case of physical debilitation or disability, and makes special mention of care given to those in motherhood or childhood.[5]
    Articles 28–30 established the general ways of using these rights, the areas in which these rights of the individual can not be applied, and that they can not be overcome against the individual.

    These articles are concerned with the duty of the individual to society and the prohibition of use of rights in contravention of the purposes of the United Nations Organisation.[6]

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  4. Scarlett 12 months ago

    The basic human right is the right to live. With this right to live we need food, water, protection from the elements, and healthcare.
    I don’t think anyone owns these things. I don’t think anyone owns the planet. We made all that up.

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    • luftballooneyegouge 12 months ago

      @Scarlett
      Food & water’s like beer,… you’re just renting.

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  5. griz 12 months ago

    If we are talking truly “Universal”, the only thing anyone has the absolute right to is this moment and how they currently are in that moment.

    Anything else is construct.

    And there are some good constructs of what we feel should be Basic Human Rights, and more advanced Human Rights as @immortal_pirate lists.

    But their “universality” — especially the more fanciful ones — can be so effectively trumped by so many things both within and beyond Human control.

    In a way we’ve become addicted to the notion of “my rights” — to the point where some might conceivably stand shaking their fist at a lava flow or meteor feeling their rights were in some way being violated.

    I’m not saying these constructs of elaborate rights are a bad thing. Only that an ideological addiction to them would not be.

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    • griz 12 months ago

      @griz
      Last line should read, “Only that an ideological addiction to them would be”.

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