Human Rights as a Global Conversation about Human Dignity

Scholars and writers who study “human rights” have done so in various ways. In his study of “An Akan Perspective on Human Rights,” the Ghanaian philosopher Kwasi Wiredu defined “human rights” as “claims that people are entitled to make … by virtue of their status as human beings.”1
The Canadian writer Michael Ignatief sees human rights as “the language through which individuals have created a defense of their autonomy against the oppression of religion, state, family, and group.”2 In his book Human Rights, the British political scientist Michael Freeman identified “human rights” as a set of norms outlined in international documents for the protection of vulnerable groups against all forms of violence and “unjust customs.

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