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118,990. In 2010 U2 played the Luzhniki stadium in front of 85,000 people making it one of the worst human rights abuses in Russian history. (Russia & Football & Human Rights) Frankie Boyle, Frankie Goes to Russia, BBC 2018
107,190. The United States is a business-run society which means that human rights are subordinated to the overwhelming, overriding need of profit for investors. Decisions are placed in the hands of unaccountable private tyrannies. (Trade Unions & Human Rights) Noam Chomsky, The War on Unions and Workers’ Rights, lecture 1995 Youtube 2.15.26
108,912. The United States has a terrible record – one of the worst in the world – in ratifying human rights conventions. Noam Chomsky, lecture September 1999, ‘Sovereignty and World Order’
110,205. Human rights conventions carry no penalties at all for violations. Noam Chomsky, lecture 6th December 2001, ‘Human Rights and the United States’
110,206. The rule of force in international affairs … Prosecution for war crimes, their crimes against humanity: in this case only the weak and the defeated need apply. ibid.
110,207. War crimes are crimes that somebody else committed against us. ibid.
110,208. Security Council resolution of 1986: the resolution called on all states to observe international law. That’s it. And it was vetoed by the United States. ibid.
78,608. It was observed half a century ago that what is a stone wall to a layman, to a corporate lawyer is a triumphant arch. Much the same might be said of civil rights and freedoms. To the layman the Bill of Rights seems to be a stone wall against the misuse of power. But in the hands of a congressional committee, or often enough of a judge, it turns out to be so full of exceptions and qualifications that it might be a whole series of arches. (Law & Civil Liberties & Human Rights & Rights) Henry Steele Commager, The Right of Dissent
4,928. Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense – nonsense upon stilts. (Rights & Law & Human Rights) Jeremy Bentham, 1748-1832, English philosopher
78,664. Right ... is the child of law: from real laws come real rights; but from imaginary laws, from laws of nature, fancied and invented by poets, rhetoricians, and dealers in moral and intellectual poisons, come imaginary rights, a bastard brood of monsters. (Law & Rights & Human Rights) Jeremy Bentham
56,922. No constable or other royal official shall take corn or other movable goods from any man without immediate payment, unless the seller voluntarily offers postponement of this. (Law & England & Civil Liberties & Rights & Human Rights & Magna Carta) Magna Carta Clause 28
78,990. No sheriff, royal official, or other person shall take horses or carts for transport from any free man, without his consent. (Law & England & Civil Liberties & Rights & Human Rights & Magna Carta) Clause 30
78,991. In future no official shall place a man on trial upon his own unsupported statement, producing credible witnesses to the truth of it. (Law & England & Civil Liberties & Rights & Human Rights & Magna Carta) Clause 38
30,545. No freeman shall be taken, or imprisoned, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any way harmed, nor will we go upon him nor will we send upon him, except by the legal judgement of his peers or by the law of the land. (Law & England & Civil Liberties & Rights & Human Rights & Magna Carta) Clause 39
30,546. To none will we sell, to none deny or delay, right or justice. (Law & England & Civil Liberties & Rights & Human Rights) Clause 40
4,951. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (Right & Government & Equality & United States of America & Constitution & Human Rights) US Declaration of Independence
4,987. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. (Rights & Human Rights) United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
4,938. Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost. (Rights & Liberty & Civil Liberties & Human Rights) Robert A Heinlein, Starship Troopers
4,949. First, individual rights cannot be sacrificed for the sake of the general good, and second, the principles of justice that specify these rights cannot be premised on any particular vision of the good life. What justifies the rights is not that they maximize the general welfare or otherwise promote the good, but rather that they comprise a fair framework within which individuals and groups can choose their own values and ends, consistent with a similar liberty for others. (Rights & Civil Liberties & Human Rights) Michael J Sandel, Liberalism and Its Critics
5,346. George W Bush and his administration embarked on a full-scale assault on civil liberties, human rights and the rule of law, walking away from his international obligations, tearing up international treaties, protocols and UN conventions. (Civil Liberties & Bush & Human Rights) Bianca Jagger
34,261. I believe in an America where the rights that I have described are enjoyed by all, regardless of their race or their creed or their national origin - where every citizen is free to think and speak as he pleases and write and worship as he pleases – and where every citizen is free to vote as he pleases, without instructions from anyone, his employer, the union leader or his clergyman. (Kennedy & Rights & Civil Liberties & United States of America & Human Rights) John F Kennedy, speech Convention Centre Philadelphia October 1960
28,340. This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal. And that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. My fellow Americans, this is a problem which faces us all. In every city of the north as well as the south. Today there are Negroes unemployed two or three times as many compared to whites. Inadequate education, moving into the large cities, unable to find work, denied equal rights; we cannot say to 10% of the population you can’t have that right ... We owe them, and we owe ourselves, a better country than that. (United States of America & Rights & Equality & Kennedy & Civil Liberties & Human Rights) John F Kennedy 19th June 1963
5,000. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities. (Equality & Rights & Civil Liberties & Human Rights) ibid.
4,962. Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. (Rights & Liberty & Civil Liberties & Individual & Law & Human Rights) Thomas Jefferson
4,923. All eyes are opened, opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind have not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately by the grace of God. (Rights & Human Rights) Thomas Jefferson
4,961. A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. (Rights & Government & Human Rights) Thomas Jefferson
4,929. Folks, I hate to spoil your fun but there is no such thing as rights, OK? They’re imaginary, we made them up like the Boogie Man ... cute and fictional ... Where do they come from? ... If your rights came from God, He would have given you the right to some food every day, and He would have given you the right to a roof over your head – God would have been looking out for you. (Rights & God & Human Rights) George Carlin
4,930. The fundamental rights of [humanity] are, first: the right of habitation; second, the right to move freely; third, the right to the soil and subsoil, and to the use of it; fourth, the right of freedom of labor and of exchange; fifth, the right to justice; sixth, the right to live within a natural national organization; and seventh, the right to education. (Rights & Human Rights) Albert Schweitzer
4,950. The foundation of individual rights is the assumption that people have wants and needs and are authorities on what those wants and needs are. If people’s stated desires were just some kind of erasable inscription or reprogrammable brainwashing, any atrocity could be justified. (Rights & Human Rights) Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
4,954. The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise. To justify that, the conduct from which it is desired to deter him must be calculated to produce evil to someone else. The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. (Rights & Individual & Liberty & Civil Liberties & Human Rights) John Stuart Mill, On Liberty