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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-29-09 07:41 PM
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66. Human rights are human rights
The idea that rights are provisional on citizenship is troubling. It seems to me that it undermines theories of human rights as being inviolable.

Contract theories of rights imply that rights really belong to the person as a natural consequence of humanity, and that people can contract together via government to sustain and enhance the enjoyment of those natural rights, sometimes agreeing to curtail the enjoyment of some individual rights for the good of all.

Making rights provisional on citizenship of a particular nation seems to imply that rights are conferred by a nation's government rather than being a natural fact of human status. Something that a government can grant is something that a government can take away, from foreigners and citizens.

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