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Human Rights Law

The simple nature of humanity is what separates human beings from animals. Without the moral and social values that compose our humanity, we would be as primal as our ancestors, the caveman. However, it is because our culture had evolved that we are afforded the luxuries that human beings are entitled to. By simply being a human being, our most basic rights to life are protected. However, as we grow and our culture continues to mature around us, we will encounter situations that we had never had to deal with in previous years. When this happens, the face of human rights and human rights laws continue to change so that we can protect all those around us who may be affected by change.

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that each human being is entitled to by simply being human. It is a measure of dignity to have these basic rights and to deny an individual of these rights would be to deny them of their dignity. Because our culture is continually evolving, it is uncertain what these rights are exactly. The only two basic rights established in human rights law that have not been contested is the right to live and the right to live a life free from physical harm. Beyond that, there is no consensus as to the precise nature of what in particular should or should not be regarded as a human right. The concept of human rights has been a subject of intense philosophical debate and criticism and will continue to be so. Human rights law is a branch of law that is a living, breathing entity and will continue to evolve with the changes in our surroundings. The laws that enforce human rights must evolve with these changes as well, in order to protect the humanity of our generation. Human rights law that were written into the legislation decades ago would not necessarily be suitable for the social culture that we live in now. Likewise, social issues that have just begun surfacing do not have human rights laws that can be applied in such a situation. Therefore, human rights law is constantly being called into question in the media. As most of human rights law is fairly new and many have no legal precedence to it, many of these human rights laws risk being challenged. Much of what human rights laws rest on is the fourth amendment in the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights. Because this document is so vague and archaic, the interpretation is constantly changing with the times so that it can be applied to all major issues that need to be addressed.

Human rights law is a fairly new branch of law. Because of its fluid nature, it will likely never be a stable to branch. As long as humans continue to evolve, the face of social culture will continue to change. As humans begin to change themselves along with culture, we will encounter new needs that must be met and protected. Human rights laws will always be changing in the name of humanity, so that no human is left out.

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