Working with the International Human Rights Clinic, I’ve had the opportunity to discuss pressing human rights issues with people from Pakistan and Myanmar to Mexico and the United States. Some similarities connect these conversations. These range from shared guiding principles (in the end, everyone is trying to make the world better for their children) to explanations that distract from the real issues (across cultural borders, people are quick to blame society’s woes on the sins of the new generation).
These conversations have been interesting for many reasons but one has stood out: how they’ve revealed an important disagreement over what it means for something to be a “human right” and the proper approaches for guaranteeing a right.
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