Human Rights in Africa

  • Damian O. OdunzeEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_2632-1

Synonyms

Definition

Human rights are the basic rights or individual freedoms one has simply because the person is a human being. They constitute individuals as a particular kind of political subject: free and equal rights-bearing citizens. Human rights declarations outline regulative rules and practices of how governments should treat citizens. They are like a forward-looking moral, economic, cultural, and political vision of a society. Human rights also characterize societies of a particular type by defining the requirements and limits of legitimate government (Rawls 1999; Donnelly 2013). These rights are equal, inalienable, and universal. That means all individuals should enjoy these civil liberties without distinction of any kind such as race/ethnicity, color, gender, language, religion, political, or other...

Keywords

Mass Grave Civil Liberty Niger Delta Central African Republic African Union 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Texas Southern UniversityHoustonUSA