Most Important Human Rights

What Human Rights do you think are the most significant?

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

sparrow13 | Student

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!