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What Human Rights do you think are the most significant?

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divya97 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 13, 2010 at 9:44 AM via web

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What Human Rights do you think are the most significant?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM (Answer #2)

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The most obviously important human right is the right to life.  If you do not have that one, you do not really have much in the way of rights.  So I would say that the most important one is to have a government that will not kill you unless you are (at the very least) clearly guilty of some really terrible crime.  In other words, you can't have governments killing people for adultery (that's not a terrible crime, in my opinion -- not one worth the death penalty) or killing them without putting them on trial.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM (Answer #3)

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I agree with #2--without life there is nothing.  Once a person has that right, the right to live, the next most important right is certainly the right to freedom.  It's no accident that it comes second on that important list of rights--"life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  Freedom takes on many shapes and meanings, of course, but in its most basic form, all of us have the right to be free.  Rules and laws do restrict us, but we are still free to relocate or disobey or fight to change them.  Freedom is the next most important right after the right to life.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 27, 2010 at 4:01 PM (Answer #4)

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I think I would have to agree that the most significant human right would be "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." As stated above without this basic right I am not sure the others would matter.

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sparrow13 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted October 31, 2010 at 6:50 AM (Answer #5)

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i believe that the most important human righ is the right to life and to have freedom and liberty. Freedom is not something that is set in stone and it allows us to do a range of things. Without these fundamental human rights we would all be in a society whereby every aspect of life is corrupt. the most important right is life because without it we would not be in existance!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 21, 2011 at 8:49 PM (Answer #6)

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I agree with number 2.  Since others have explained that, I will include a second right.  The right to live your life as you see fit.  This includes the right to religion.  Religion is very important and an integral part of life for many people.  People have fought and died for their beliefs since the beginning of the human experience.  Therefore, I think it is very important that people have not only the right to life but the right to live their life according to their religion.

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