Human Rights And Universalism

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This paper will argue that even if human rights promote what is viewed as universal values they cannot be applicable to all of humanity, primarily because of issues with the concept of universalism. To argue this view firstly the topic of human rights will be introduced, so that there is an understanding of the use of the words human rights within this paper. Secondly, the development of the concept of human rights will be discussed, as a way to show the evolving nature of the social human groups around the world. Thirdly the connection between morality, values and human rights will be discussed. Then the concept of universal morals will be discussed, as this is the primary concept that applied to the idea of human rights being universal. This…show more content…
Some believe that human rights should only encompass things that are necessary for the survival of a human; water, shelter, health, freedom and such. While others believe that human rights should also encompass education and work topics (Jones, 2006). Furthermore, there are some who believe that there should be a set of basic or fundamental human rights that are universal, but that each country or society has the right to implement any other human rights that they think are required within their group (Talbott, 2005, p 3-4). This is important to consider while discussing the development of human rights, this is because the countries that are leading the development of views on universal human rights have similar…show more content…
This document was put in place by the United Nations in 1948, and it strives to make everyone equal in their ability to access things that are seen as essential to survival and freedom (Klug, 2015 p 19). The UDHR is different from the Magna Carta because it makes no definition between people in different societies, stages of life, or other social defining feature. Additionally, it defines the human race as a ‘family’ as a way to give equal importance to everyone (Rights,
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