Something Different – December 2019

The History of Human Rights & Civil Rights

The history of both human rights and civil rights often overlap in a lot of ways. 

Human Rights 

  • Refer to the fundamental ways every human on the planet deserves to be treated.
  • Do not vary from country to country, or from government to government.
  • Include access to clean water, protection from torture, and the right to fair trial.
  • Documented in 1948, when the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Civil Rights 

  • Refer to a class of rights one receives by virtue of citizenship in a particular nation or state.
  • May vary from country to country, or from government to government.
  • Include protection from discrimination, free speech, and due process.
  • Took on a more political sense during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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