human rights

Human rights are "basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled." All humans are endowed with certain entitlements merely by reason of being humans. The modern conception of human rights developed in the aftermath of the Second World War, in part as a response to the Holocaust, culminating in the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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