human rights
What are human rights?
By  Mihir Dharap  |  25 Jul 2016  |  Upvotes: 0  | 

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Deepika Gill
Advocate

Human rights are universal legal guarantees protecting individuals and groups against actions and omissions that interfere with fundamental freedoms, entitlements and human dignity. Human rights law obliges Governments (principally) and other duty-bearers to do certain things and prevents them from doing others. Some of the most important characteristics of human rights are that they:

-Are universal—the birthright of all human beings

-Focus on the inherent dignity and equal worth of all human beings

-Are equal, indivisible and interdependent

-Cannot be waived or taken away

-Impose obligations of action and omission, particularly on States and State actors

-Have been internationally guaranteed

-Are legally protected

-Protect individuals and, to some extent, groups

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