Social Rights: Ignored Basic Rights

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Safe, affordable housing and a secure income is something that many people throughout the world have, but at the same time, many more don’t have this luxury. Many families take this for granted while many suffer every day with poor housing and no secure form of income. Social rights such as affordable housing, guarantee income, education, etc. should be considered human rights, and everyone in the world should be able to access these and in turn, have a basic standard of living. If everyone had access to these basic rights, the world would be much better. There would be no one living on the streets and no one having to starve their families because of no money. Some people believe that these social rights should only be given to you if you can earn the money to have them. Some people have certain circumstances that do not allow them to find a job, especially with the economy, there is a decrease in jobs available. That is why education, all the way up to post-secondary should be free as well. There needs to be a basic view of social and human rights as one. Without this basic view, “when someone is tortured or when a person’s right to speak freely is restricted, observers almost unconsciously hold the state responsible. However, when people die of hunger or thirst...rural dwellers are evicted from their homes, the world still tends to blame nameless economic or ‘developmental’ forces...before placing liability at the doorstep of the state” (Leckie, 1998, p. 82). People who believe that you should earn these rights think that the poor people of the world brought it on themselves and should have no assistance. These poor people are the people that we should be helping, not letting them fall to the way side, living in streets and i... ... middle of paper ... ...ate a better country for all, both rich and poor. This could make Canada a whole new country and show others around the world that we are committed to helping the people that need help, and not stereotyping people and denying some of them their basic needs. References Cardenas, S. (2005). Constricting rights? Human rights education and the state. International Political Science Review, 26 (4), 363-379. Clapham, A. (2007). Human rights: A very short introduction. New York: Oxford University Press. Leckie, S. (1998). Another step towards indivisibility: Identifying the key features of violations of economic, social and cultural rights. Human Rights Quarterly, 20 (2), 81-124. Whelan, D.J., & Donnelly, J. (2007). The west, economic and social rights, and the global human rights regime: Setting the record straight. Human Rights Quarterly, 29 (4), 908-949.
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