HUMAN RIGHTS (WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN? ONTOLOGY (Biology: To belong…
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?
: To belong to a particular species.
What about the environment and earth rights?
Why does this species get special favors?
: To have a soul; connection to God
Philosophy, Social Science
What about humans who aren't sentient, e.g., people in comas?
Are some people more deserving of human rights than others?
Secular Humanism Lechte & Newman
WHY ARE THERE HUMAN RIGHTS?
Who gets human rights? Can one lose their human rights?
Inherent in human condition
Why? How determine this?
Social construction (history). Waters.
WHAT ARE HUMAN RIGHTS?
Clever means of exploitation. Western bias. Narayan, Mutua; contra Donnelly.
Are group rights human rights?
Do human rights address systemic inequalities?
Are social, economic, and cultural rights human rights?
Protection against our mortality and frailty; empathy
What the global community says they are. Waters, Donnelly.
Are human rights violations different from crime? For example, are statutes against murder and a right to life the same thing?
Can there be too many human rights?
How are human rights different from other types of rights?
If they are subjective, then do they really exist? Must they be immutable and timeless?
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENFORCING HUMAN RIGHTS?
How know when rights are being enforced? How measure?
What are the mechanisms of enforcement?
What are the politics surrounding human rights?
Do different rights have different priorities? If yes, on what basis?
Violation of LMIC's sovereignty; colonization
Male dominance, etc.