Freedom of Language: A Universal Human Right to Be Recognised

Freedom of Language: A Universal Human Right to Be Recognised Human rights as legal rights originate from human rights as pre-existing moral rights; however, as pre-existing human rights are unwritten and invisible, it is uncertain whether all of these rights have been recognised and defined properly. This article advances the thought that if there are any human rights at all and if the civil and political rights recognised and defined by the United Nations represent these pre-existing human rights, then there must be at least one more such right, the right of all to freedom of language and, therefore, the United Nations ought to recognise and define this right too. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal on Minority and Group Rights Brill

Freedom of Language: A Universal Human Right to Be Recognised

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Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
Copyright
© 2012 by Koninklijke Brill N.V., Leiden, The Netherlands
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Articles
ISSN
1385-4879
eISSN
1571-8115
D.O.I.
10.1163/157181112X639087
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Abstract

Human rights as legal rights originate from human rights as pre-existing moral rights; however, as pre-existing human rights are unwritten and invisible, it is uncertain whether all of these rights have been recognised and defined properly. This article advances the thought that if there are any human rights at all and if the civil and political rights recognised and defined by the United Nations represent these pre-existing human rights, then there must be at least one more such right, the right of all to freedom of language and, therefore, the United Nations ought to recognise and define this right too.

Journal

International Journal on Minority and Group RightsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: freedom of language as a universal human right; recognition of human rights; inconsistencies in international human rights law; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

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