What are the basic characteristics of human rights?

December 10, 2011

The following are the basic characteristics of human rights:

1. Inherent –  Human Rights are inherent because they are not granted by any person or authority.

2. Fundamental – Human Rights are fundamental rights because without them, the life and dignity of man will be meaningless.

3. Inalienable – Human Rights are inalienable because:

a. They cannot be rightfully taken away from a free individual.

b. They cannot be given away or be forfeited.

4. Imprescriptible – Human Rights do not prescribe and cannot be lost even if man fails to use or assert them, even by a long passage of time.

5. Indivisible – Human Rights are not capable of being divided. They cannot be denied even when other rights have already been enjoyed.

6. Universal – Human Rights are universal in application and they apply irrespective of one’s origin, status, or condition or place where one lives. Human rights are enforceable without national border.

7. Interdependent – Human Rights are interdependent because the fulfillment or exercise of one cannot be had without the realization of the other.




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    Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

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    Human rights are fundamental rights which are acquired naturally;so the law that applies to a shoe shinner for c0mmitting afraud must also be applied to his excellency for thesame offence.

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    Allhamdiillh yu hlp mii in ma studieess hope u ll hlp mii forvrr

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    without human rights life is meaningless, let us observe those fundamental human rights.

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    Nigeria is a blessed land

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    I was quite obvious and palpable with this answer thanks alot

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    ωΣLL done

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    Human rights are those privillages given to the citizen of a particular country which are entrenched in the county’s constitution for easy references.

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    thanks important information

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