Rights have several components to them. First, rights can be said to govern ways of acting towards others or indicating ways of being treated by others. This is a type of prescribed behaviour with correlated obligations. Second, rights involve the idea that they are, in some sense, beneficial to [Page 210]the person who has them. Alternatively, it can be suggested that if someone does not have a given set of rights then that may be considered to be a negative experience. Third, rights are social inventions which define the characteristics of specific communities and societies.
- The concept of universal rights is a contentious issue.
- Rights differ across cultures and countries.
- Rights are enshrined in law.
- Legislation exists to prescribe action and to protect the vulnerable.
- There is a growing ...