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Life, Liberty, and the Firearms that protect them both

Human right or not: How can you tell?

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We’ll ask the UN of course.

Not a human right: Self Defense

Self-defence is a widely recognized, yet legally proscribed, exception to the universal duty to respect the right to life of others. Self-defence is a basis for exemption from criminal responsibility that can be raised by any State agent or non-State actor. Self-defence is sometimes designated as a “right.” There is inadequate legal support for such an interpretation. Self-defence is more properly characterized as a means of protecting the right to life and, as such, a basis for avoiding responsibility for violating the rights of another.

A human right: Internet Access

given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states.

“… the Internet has become a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom and expression,” and that’s good.

“Self-defence is… a means of protecting the right to life,” and that’s bad, according to the UN.

Written by BornLib

June 8, 2011 at 8:58 am

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