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The notion that there are universal inalienable human rights is a concept the gained traction during the Enlightenment. It was part of an effort to develop a secular ethical system based purely on reason, starting from what seemed to be self-evident premises. This project has been enormously influential, leading to the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, the United States Bill of Right, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as the more international, United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Current thinking about what counts as human rights is based on these legal and philosophical frameworks, and thus they can be used as starting points for determining what are counted as human rights.
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