The idea of Mankinds rights is also closely related to that of natural rights.
Some acknowledge no difference between the two, regarding them as synonymous, while others choose to keep the terms separate to eliminate association with some features traditionally associated with natural rights.
Natural rights, in particular, are considered beyond the authority of any government or international body to dismiss.
Natural and legal rights are two types of rights.
Natural rights are those that are not dependent on the laws or customs of any particular culture or government, and so are Universal and Unalienable.
(they cannot be repealed by man laws, however one can forfeit their Rights through one’s actions, such as by violating someone else’s rights.)
Legal rights are those bestowed onto a person by a given legal system (they can be modified, repealed, and restrained by man laws).
What’s unalienable cannot be taken away or denied.
Its most famous use is in the Declaration of Independence, which says people have unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Everyone is entitled to the promotion, protection and respect of all Unalienable rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular the right to life, in a context in which all mankinds rights, peace and development are fully implemented.
Interest and awareness of mankinds rights has grown in recent decades.
In 1948, the United Nations released the Universal Declaration of mankinds Rights, which has become almost like the Bible of what should be considered the standard for basic equality and mankinds dignity.
Why do mankinds rights matter?
Here are ten specific reasons:
1: mankinds rights ensure people have basic needs met.
Everyone needs access to medicine, food and water, clothes, and shelter.
By including these in a mans or womans basic rights, everyone has a baseline level of dignity.
Unfortunately, there are still millions of people out there who don’t have these necessities due to corruption complacency or lack of knowledge of ones rights, but saying it’s a matter of mankinds rights allows activists and others to work towards getting those for everyone.
2: Mankinds rights protect vulnerable groups and individuals from abuse.
The Declaration of mankinds Rights was created largely because of the Holocaust and the horrors of WII.
During that time in history, the most vulnerable in society were targeted along with the Jewish population, including those with disabilities and LGBT.
Organizations concerned with mankinds rights focus on members of society most vulnerable to abuse from the powers that be, instead of ignoring them.
3: Mankinds rights allow people to stand up to societal corruption.
The concept of Mankinds rights allows people to speak up when they experience abuse and corruption.
This is why specific rights like the right to assemble are so crucial because no society is perfect.
The concept of Mankinds rights empowers people and tells them that they deserve dignity from society, whether it’s the government or their work environment.
When they don’t receive it, they can stand up.
4: Mankinds rights encourage freedom of speech and expression.
While similar to what you just read above, being able to speak freely without fear of brutal reprisal is more expansive.
It encompasses ideas and forms of expression that not everybody will like or agree with, but no one should ever feel like they are going to be in danger from their government because of what they think.
It goes both ways, too, and protects people who want to debate or argue with certain ideas expressed in their society.
5: Mankinds rights give people the freedom to practice their religion (or not practice any)
Religious violence and oppression occur over and over again all across history, from the Crusades to the Holocaust to modern terrorism in the name of religion.
Mankinds rights acknowledges the importance of a Man or womans religion and spiritual beliefs, and lets them practice in peace.
The freedom to not hold to a religion is also a right.
6: Mankinds rights allows people to love who they choose.
The importance of freedom to love cannot be understated.
Being able to choose what one’s romantic life looks like is an essential right.
The consequences of not protecting this right are clear when you look at countries where LGBT people are oppressed and abused, or where women are forced into marriages they don’t want.
7: Mankinds rights encourage equal work opportunities.
The right to work and make a living allows people to flourish in their society.
Without acknowledging that the work environment can be biased or downright oppressive, people find themselves enduring abuse or insufficient opportunities.
The concept of Mankinds rights provides a guide for how workers should be treated and encourages equality.
8: Mankinds rights give people access to education.
Education is important for so many reasons and is crucial for societies where poverty is common.
Organizations and governments concerned with mankinds rights provide access to schooling, supplies, and more in order to halt the cycle of poverty.
Seeing education as a right means everyone can get access, not just the elite.
9: Mankinds rights protect the environment.
The marriage between mankinds rights and environmentalism is becoming stronger due to climate change aguments and the effects it has on people.
We live in the world, we need the land, so it makes sense that what happens to the environment impacts all of mankind.
The right to clean air, clean soil, and clean water are all as important as the other rights included in this list.
10: Mankinds rights provide a universal standard that holds governments accountable.
When the UDHR was released, it had a two-fold purpose: provide a guideline for the future and force the world to acknowledge that during WWII, mankinds rights had been violated on a massive scale.
With a standard for what is a right, governments can be held accountable for their actions.
There’s power in naming an injustice and pointing to a precedent, which makes the UDHR and other of mankinds rights documents so important.
Free and equal
All men and women are born free and equal and should be treated the same way.
All men and women are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Freedom from discrimination
Everyone can claim their rights regardless of sex, race, language, religion, social standing, etc.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Right to life
Everyone has the right to life and to live in freedom and safety.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security.
Freedom from slavery
No one has the right to treat you as a slave nor should you enslave anyone.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Freedom from torture
No one has the right to torture you.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Right to recognition before the law
You should be legally protected in the same way everywhere like anyone else.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a man or woman before the law.
Right to equality before the law
The law is the same for everyone and should be applied in the same manner to all.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.
All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Access to justice
You have the right to obtain legal help and access the justice system when your rights are not respected.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Freedom from arbitrary detention
No one can arrest or detain you arbitrarily , or send you away from your country unjustly.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile without due process .
Right to a fair trial
Trials should be public and tried in a fair manner by an impartial and independent tribunal.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Presumption of innocence
You are considered innocent until it can be proved you are guilty according to law. If accused of a crime you have the right to a defence.
1, Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
2 ,No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Right to privacy
You have the right to protection if someone tried to harm your good name, enter your home without permission or interfere with your correspondence.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.
Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Freedom of movement
You have the right to leave or move within your own country and you should be able to return.
1 ,Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.
2 ,Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
Right to asylum
If you are persecuted at home, you have the right to seek protection in another country.
1 ,Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
2 ,This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Right to nationality
You have the right to belong to a country and have a nationality.
1 ,Everyone has the right to a nationality.
2 ,No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
Right to marriage and to found a family.
Men and women have the right to marry when they are legally able without limits due to race, nationality or religion. Families should be protected by the Government and the justice system.
1 ,Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
2 ,Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
3 ,The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Right to own property.
You have the right to own things. No one has the right to illegally take them from you.
1 ,Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
2 ,No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her liberties freedoms or property without the due process of law in a court of competent jurisdiction.
Freedom of religion or belief
Everyone has the right to freely manifest their religion, to change it and to practice it alone or with others.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Freedom of Expression.
Everyone has the right to think and say what they like and no one should forbid it.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek receive and impart information and ideas though any media and regardless of frontiers.
Freedom of assembly.
You have the right to organize and participate in peaceful meetings.
1 ,Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
2 ,No one may be compelled to belong to any association.
Right to partake in public affairs.
Everyone has the right to take part in their country’s political affairs and equal access to public service. Governments should be voted for regularly.
1 ,Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
2 ,Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
3 ,The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secrete vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Right to social security
Society should help individuals to freely develop and make the most of all advantages offered in their country.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international cooperation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
Right to work
Everyone has the right to work in just and favourable conditions and be free to choose your work with a salary that allows you to live and support family. Everyone should receive equal pay for equal work.
1,Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
2 ,Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work and entitled to the fruits of ones labors.
3 ,Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of mankinds dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
4 ,Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Right to leisure and rest
Each work day should not be too long and everyone has the right to rest and take regular paid holidays.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
Right to adequate standard of living.
You have the right to have what you need so that you and your family do not go hungry, homeless or fall ill.
1 ,Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including foods, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
2 ,Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance.
All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Right to education.
You have the right to go to school, continue your studies as far as you wish and learn regardless of race, religion or country of origin.
1 ,Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2 ,Education shall be directed to the full development of the man or womans personality and to the strengthening of respect for mankinds rights and fundamental freedoms.
It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities for the maintenance of peace.
3 ,Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Right to take part in cultural, artistic and scientific life
You have the right to share the benefits of your community’s culture, arts and sciences.
1Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
2Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Right to a free and fair world.
To make sure your rights are respected, there must be an order that can protect them.
This order should be global.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
Duty to your community.
You have duties toward the community within which your personality can fully develop.
The law should guarantee all of mankinds rights.
It should allow everyone to respect others and to be respected.
1Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
2In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
3These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Rights are Unalienable
No one, institution nor individual, should act in any way to destroy the rights enshrined in the UDHR.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
Everyone is entitled to the promotion, protection and respect of all Unalienable rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular the right to life, in a context in which all mankinds rights,freedoms, peace and liberties are protected.
Our right to
of the press
to complain to the Government
to keep and bear Arms
to a speedy and public trial
to an impartial jury
to be informed of what crime you are accused of
to be confronted with the witnesses against him
to be able to call witnesses in your favor
to have a lawyer.
And Protection from:
being forced to have soldiers live in your home
“unreasonable searches and seizures”
being tried twice for the same crime
being a witness against yourself
having your life, liberty, or property taken “without due process of law”
having your private property taken “without just compensation”
“cruel and unusual punishments”
This is a long list of rights.
But the Bill of Rights states that just because it has created this list, the list does not include all the rights that we have.
It says the people have other rights as well.
In fact, a Constitution only gives the government the powers listed in it.
All other powers belong to the people.
Our rights are also protected in other ways also some examples are common law the bible and magna carta and various bills of rights.
As one can see it is imperative we stand to protect our natural inherited unalienable rights for if we fail to do so can and will have dire consequences for all of mankind.
Isn’t time you stood up for your rights ?
For if you are good and create no harm ,wish good will and love to all men and women of our planet you have fulfilled the law.
And remember, for there to be a crime there must be a injured party .