What are rights and why are they important? What are the bases on which claims to rights can be made?

  • Rights are primarily those state-recognised claims that every individual regards to be necessary for leading a life of respect and dignity. These are essentially a justified claim or an entitlement.

  • Rights are important as they help individuals to develop their capacity to reason, develop their skills and enable them to make informed choices in life.

The bases on which claims to rights can be made are:

  • The representation of conditions that individuals collectively see as a source of self-respect and dignity.

  • The necessity for every individual’s well being.

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