What are the basic characteristics of human rights?
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.