How do we know human rights exist?

We don't; we assume that they exist, because otherwise it would be nearly impossible to maintain any form of social structure that involves more than one person in relation to another.  "Human rights" are an abstract concept that would not need to exist were there only one human being in existence -- it's hard to

Human Rights: What would equality look like?

Equality results from individual behavior, not mandates regarding outcomes. Since people do not all have the same aspirations or skills, it is impossible to mandate equal outcomes. Throw in random chance for illness/injury, early death, etc. and the idea that equal outcomes is even reasonable, begins to

Is anarcho-capitalism really the natural expression of human nature?

No, it's the natural expression of young men who've never faced adversity in their lives and who view government as an obstacle to a free market.Anarcho-capitalism sees the

What laws govern parental rights?

Parental laws can depend on the countries rules and regulations. Each state has its own laws governing parental rights and responsibilities, but generally, parents are the individuals that have legal custody of a child. For example, the parents of an adopted child are the child's legal custodians, although they

What is the cause of dehumanization and how do you help humanize a person who has been dehumanized?

First of all, let's define the word 'dehumanization' to avoid confusion and misunderstandings. In my answer, the word will be defined as 'taking away human rights from another individual', where 'human rights' refers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is because every

Do atheists believe in 'god-given' rights?

Well, in a way.Many atheists believe in the same sort of

What laws govern parental rights?

Parental laws can depend on the countries rules and regulations. Each state has its own laws governing parental rights and responsibilities, but generally, parents are the individuals that have legal custody of a child. For example, the parents of an adopted child are the child's legal custodians, although they

Do Indians believe in equality of humans?

I don't think it is correct to compare a basic human right with a social evil in practice. Indians as a country definitely believe in the equality of humans. The social evils of caste and dowry are flaws of society as a whole

Is army violating human rights?

Armies can indeed violate human rights as they are public institutions and a branch from the government. In fact they (any army) does it all the time, they do often violate human rights and humanitarian law.So, if a soldier, say censors you, he would be violating your human rights.That's why the law

Does China respect human rights?

Wrong question. Does the US, or Japan, or India, respects human rights? You are asking a question that is too broadly defined and nearly impossible to answer comprehensively and unbiasedly. Human rights are so essential, that virtually no government will survive without "respecting them" to some degree. The real question is, how well has

Does every human have human rights?

I had struggled with this question for a long time, until recently. 'Equality'... everyone advocates it, defends it and fights for it. I asked a number of people, why? Why should everyone be equal? Why should everyone have the same rights? The answers I got were varied.Some

Is anarcho-capitalism really the natural expression of human nature?

No, it's the natural expression of young men who've never faced adversity in their lives and who view government as an obstacle to a free market.Anarcho-capitalism sees the

Human Rights: What would equality look like?

Equality results from individual behavior, not mandates regarding outcomes. Since people do not all have the same aspirations or skills, it is impossible to mandate equal outcomes. Throw in random chance for illness/injury, early death, etc. and the idea that equal outcomes is even reasonable, begins to

Do Indians believe in equality of humans?

I don't think it is correct to compare a basic human right with a social evil in practice. Indians as a country definitely believe in the equality of humans. The social evils of caste and dowry are flaws of society as a whole

Does China respect human rights?

Wrong question. Does the US, or Japan, or India, respects human rights? You are asking a question that is too broadly defined and nearly impossible to answer comprehensively and unbiasedly. Human rights are so essential, that virtually no government will survive without "respecting them" to some degree. The real question is, how well has

What reason did democratic nations have to secretly test germ warfare on the public without the public's consent?

It was the Cold War mentality. People were extremely paranoid, and they reasoned that the ends justified the means. They thought the greater good was being served. It's the same attitude that led to Stalin's agricultural policies, which killed millions, or the Spanish Inquisition. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Is it legal to hit children in the U.S.?

Speaking as a U.S. citizen, I'm sorry to say that, yes, it is still legal for us to hit our children in the US. I've written an article that explains why:

Panama: What do Panamanians think about the US invasion of their country?

When I sailed through the Panama Canal, we spent some time in Panama City, refitting before we attempted the passage onto French Polynesia.  During that time, we were able to get to know some of the locals around the marinas

How do we know human rights exist?

We don't; we assume that they exist, because otherwise it would be nearly impossible to maintain any form of social structure that involves more than one person in relation to another.  "Human rights" are an abstract concept that would not need to exist were there only one human being in existence -- it's hard to

Does every human have human rights?

I had struggled with this question for a long time, until recently. 'Equality'... everyone advocates it, defends it and fights for it. I asked a number of people, why? Why should everyone be equal? Why should everyone have the same rights? The answers I got were varied.Some

Do people have equal rights?

Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights says:

Do atheists believe in 'god-given' rights?

Well, in a way.Many atheists believe in the same sort of

Can humans survive without human rights?

Maybe not.Certainly humans have existed in the past with very different and less extensive ideas of human rights. Just a dozen generations ago there was no serious opposition to slavery, and torturing criminals or captured enemies was considered an enjoyable spectator sport.But the present

Which human rights are absolute?

No they are not. Although they are supposed to be in objective political practice countries can deny certain human rights like the USA does they object and hold reservations to any American citizen being called on legally to the International Criminal COurt for war crimes as one

What are human rights?

Human rights are agreements made by people about what human beings deserve. In various nations throughout history people have gathered to debate and define what are the rights each person has from birth. The rights of humans have been written down but these writings

Is anarcho-capitalism really the natural expression of human nature?

No, it's the natural expression of young men who've never faced adversity in their lives and who view government as an obstacle to a free market.Anarcho-capitalism sees the

What laws govern parental rights?

Parental laws can depend on the countries rules and regulations. Each state has its own laws governing parental rights and responsibilities, but generally, parents are the individuals that have legal custody of a child. For example, the parents of an adopted child are the child's legal custodians, although they

What makes human rights 'human'?

Human rights are human because they are invented by humans. Properly speaking, they are the rights we wish for ourselves and therefore, by symmetry, should grant to others.The problem with the Soviet system was that it gave to the Party and to the government rights that it did

Is army violating human rights?

Armies can indeed violate human rights as they are public institutions and a branch from the government. In fact they (any army) does it all the time, they do often violate human rights and humanitarian law.So, if a soldier, say censors you, he would be violating your human rights.That's why the law

Why do people believe that we are all equal?

I've never read a serious philosopher who's argued that all people are equal, no. Nor have I met an ordinary citizen who feels that everyone's equal - even the most PC, wishy-washy, Guardian-reading liberal will speak with venom about the UKIP voter next

Why do Islamic countries always have human right problem?

Because most Islamic countries suffer from tyrannies. Because these countries were not left alone since they split from the Ottoman Empire. Because colonisation. (Thanks Europe!)When you see poverty and backwardness in Africa today you can't blame anyone but the west. Same thing here.

Why isn't food a human right in America?

First off, nothing is free. Everything costs time and or energy.There are many questions you have to ask, economically, when it comes to something like this. Let's look at just some of them.Who enforces these rights? Who delivers the food? Who makes the food? Who pays for the food?

What is the definition of child (age range) according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child?

Which online source are you looking at? Generally, in the US, one is no longer legally a child once they turn. 18. But there are some circumstances where it's different. As someone else said, most states will emancipation a minor if the minor can show that they can take care of themselves. The requirements vary,

If feminism is about equality, why is it named feminism?

The whole essence of feminism is that it focuses on the disadvantages and inequality of one particular group: women. Which is why saying "But I believe in the equality of everybody!" is kind of missing the point.Just because you believe everybody should have the same rights doesn't mean they do. This is the

Do human rights cover every person in the entire world?

Ideally, yes, but No.The funny thing is that the whole concept of Human Rights is so terribly young. The Magna Carta, the Great Charter of the Liberties, the first written decree for Human Rights in England was written in the 1200's. It was more or less a Peace Treaty between an Unpopular King

How do human rights affect the police?

It should be noted that police, knowing that most citizens are not criminals, see themselves much more as servants of the community than if they were military. Military is more focused on achieving objectives while keeping all they serve with in one piece. There are members of the military who think of the people they encounter in ethical

What rights do dead people have?

Probate law which dictates that their estate is executed correctly. They also have the right to be cremated by the state I believe or the state gives them about $200 to take care of their final expenses which is not enough.

Do human rights cover every person in the entire world?

Ideally, yes, but No.The funny thing is that the whole concept of Human Rights is so terribly young. The Magna Carta, the Great Charter of the Liberties, the first written decree for Human Rights in England was written in the 1200's. It was more or less a Peace Treaty between an Unpopular King

How do human rights affect the police?

It should be noted that police, knowing that most citizens are not criminals, see themselves much more as servants of the community than if they were military. Military is more focused on achieving objectives while keeping all they serve with in one piece. There are members of the military who think of the people they encounter in ethical

What rights do dead people have?

Probate law which dictates that their estate is executed correctly. They also have the right to be cremated by the state I believe or the state gives them about $200 to take care of their final expenses which is not enough.

Should organ donation be mandatory?

I will preface this by saying I have my organ donor card.  Whatever can be used to help someone else should be taken without reservation.But I don't think organ donation should be mandatory.  Primarily because a number of religions have their positions on organ transplantation, and

What happens if a human turned to an anthropomorphic animal? Would it still have human rights?

Depends on how they act. If they act like an animal, no. If they affect an English accent, wear clothes, and quote Shakespeare, people will most likely be convinced he's just in a really good costume.If you're insisting there's been some sort of public

What civil rights do you lose when you receive a psychiatric diagnosis?

Just diagnosed? You lose nothing.Institutionalized? Freedom.You lose lots and lots of freedom. Depending on which category you've been sorted into it can be pretty shitty. A girl in my neighborhood was placed in one of these facilities during the summer, and she told me about her stay.What struck me

Do women have more rights than men?

Short Answer: In India, yes. Our Constitution is supposed to be fair to all citizens but it is not. Women legally and socially have more power than men. Disclaimer at the end, please do read it before bashing me.The various biased and brutal