Blog Entry #8 - Human Rights

Human rights is a very large and vast topic. It is really hard to talk about in such a concise blog, but I’ll do my best. I find it hard to narrow down the human rights into which I find the most important, but if I had to choose a few I would choose:

  • No one has the right to hold you into slavery

  • Freedom of expression

  • We are all born free and equal

  • Everyone has the right to life, freedom, and safety

These four are what I feel to be the most important human rights. At the most fundamental level, I think it’s really important that we all know that we are born free and equal, and everyone is given a fair chance at life. Everyone also has the right to life and freedom, which ties into freedom of expression and the abolishment of slavery.

Freedom of expression, right to privacy, and right to education are the most challenging ones to have in the world today, I feel. In many countries, people aren’t allowed to express their own views and opinions on things, such as here in Thailand. In addition, the right to privacy is severely challenged in the United States, with the NSA having direct access to many personal computers and online services. The right to education is also a huge challenge in many countries due to poverty and lack of teachers.

I think there are a set of universal human rights which have been determined by God. It is clearly not something up for debate. They should not be up to legal systems to debate and decide upon, because then individual values and preferences take over what is morally right. At the end of the day, God is our source of morality and that determines a universal set of human rights.