Quotes about Human Rights - Human Rights

By Tommy Pettersson

Human Rights :: Human Rights Day 10 December 2011

Human Rights Day

Human rights are "commonly understood as inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being."

Human rights are thus conceived as universal (applicable everywhere) and egalitarian (the same for everyone). These rights may exist as natural rights or as legal rights, in both national and international law. The doctrine of human rights in international practice, within international law, global and regional institutions, in the policies of states and the activities of non-governmental organizations has been a cornerstone of public policy around the world. It has been said that: "if the public discourse of peacetime global society can be said to have a common moral language, it is that of human rights."

Despite this, the strong claims made by the doctrine of human rights continue to provoke considerable skepticism and debates about the content, nature and justifications of human rights continue to this day. Indeed, the question of what is meant by a "right" is itself controversial and the subject of continued philosophical debate.

Human Rights

"Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny."
~ Bob Marley (1945-1981) Jamaican reggae legend and social activist

"You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law."
~ Lyn Beth Neylon

"Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself."
~ Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899) American political leader, orator

"Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom."
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (1935- ) Tibetan Spiritual Leader

"The Earth is the mother of all people and all people should have equal rights upon it."
~ Chief Joseph (1840-1904) Native American Leader

"Although we are in different boats you in your boat and we in our canoe we share the same river of life."
~ Chief Oren Lyons, Onandaga Nation

"Fear is not the natural state of civilized people."
~ Aung San Suu Kyi (1945- ) Burmese pro-democracy activist

"'Freedom from fear' could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights."
~ Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) 2nd United Nations Secretary-General, 1953-1961

"The right to development is the measure of the respect of all other human rights. That should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole."
~ Kofi Annan (1938-) Ghanian Diplomat, 7th UN Secretary-General

"It is my aspiration that health finally will be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for."
~ Kofi Annan (1938-) Ghanian Diplomat, 7th UN Secretary-General

"You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea."
~ Benazir Bhutto

"The evolution of the human rights movement clearly illustrates humanity's ongoing struggle toward creating a better world."
~ Robert Alan (1959- ) American writer, artist, social activist

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right."
~ Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian spiritual and political leader

"A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities."
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (1935- ) Tibetan Spiritual Leader

"We discovered that peace at any price is no peace at all. We discovered that life at any price has no value whatever; that life is nothing without the privileges, the prides, the rights, the joys which make it worth living, and also worth giving. And we also discovered that there is something more hideous, more atrocious than war or than death; and that is to live in fear."
~ Eve Curie, French author, speaking to the American Booksellers Association, New York, 9 April 1940.

"The indigenous peoples understand that they have to recover their cultural identity, or to live it if they have already recovered it. They also understand that this is not a favor or a concession, but simply their natural right to be recognized as belonging to a culture that is distinct from the Western culture, a culture in which they have to live their own faith."
~ Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia (1924- ) Mexican indigenous human rights activist.

"Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life..."
~ Jimmy Carter (1924- ) 39th US President, humanitarian

"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America."
~ Jimmy Carter (1924- ) 39th US President, humanitarian

Tommy Pettersson
Article by Tommy Pettersson
Tommy Pettersson is a well known internet developer and the founder of Fair Trade Community. Fair Trade Community is a community where people can get facts and information, meet and discuss how they can help to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Learn more at Fair Trade Community.

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