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Basic Theory of Human Rights:

There are two basic schools of human rights thought, relative and universal.

Relativists believe that while human rights are necesary however they may vary according to culture, which is considered acceptable. Typically, a standard of human rights can be adapted to fit into a given culture; however, the basic premise of this paradigm is that all cultural practices have a purpose in the culture and therefor fulfill some purpose and should be accepted on face value.

Universalists support the international human rights regime from the perspective that an international paradigm on human rights needs to be applied uniformally across the world. Followers of this persuasion strongly support the efforts of the UN in developing international covenants and treaties that work to develop an international dialogue and consensus.

This website does not seek to establish an argument for one side of the argument or another. It does however recognize the importance of bringing the basic fundamental human rights to all people across the world.

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