Cultural Diversity And Human Rights

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Introduction Human rights are understood as rights which belong to an individual as a consequence of being human and for no other reason. Hence human rights are the rights people are entitled to simply because they are human beings, irrespective of their citizenship, nationality, race, ethnicity, language, gender, sexuality, or abilities; human rights become enforceable when they are codified as Conventions, Covenants, or Treaties, or as they become recognized as Customary International Law. No one needs to possess a qualification in order to enjoy their human rights. It is important that one exercise their human rights otherwise they would feel like their “rights” are being infringed upon. Human rights are mandated to protect citizens and to ensure that all citizens are catered for. However as we go about life, we begin to realise that human rights do not protect all of us, they may protect us as citizens however some of the rights in reality are contradictory and hence there are issues within the realm of human rights. Culture takes various forms across time and space. This diversity is personified in the uniqueness and multitude of the identities of the groups and societies making up humankind. As a source of exchange, modernization and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognized and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generations.
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