The Relevance of Human Rights
Human Rights are highly regarded as the most essential rights that any individual deserves to have during his or her lifetime here on earth.
These rights are highly tantamount to building a coverage that catapults vividly, both the basic and poignant necessities of human existence, in a maximal and optimal level, respectively.
As historical data provides, human rights were duly created in an official manner, during the post period of World War II, as a means of prevention to the horrendous horrors that the Nazi regime has brought in some parts of the world.
As a means of citing examples on basic human rights, which are greatly considered as the most accessible and the highest representation of equality, these are the most essential human rights that are afforded by all in an evenly plain field as follows:
1.The Right to Life – this human right is evidently stipulated in Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).
2. The Right to be protected from Torture- this human right is evidently stipulated in the Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).
These two human rights are renowned to be absolute both in nature and origin, which provides the reason and logic that these rights should not be adapted, viewed and applied in variation, with regards to its setting on the state level as far as the United States of America is concerned.
On the other side of the coin, the other 16 human rights are more legally and humanely known as the so-called “qualified rights”.
These specific rights are varied in terms of application and usage in certain circumstances, which greatly contributes to the total worldly manifestation of Human Rights, as to what it is today in modern and contemporary society, so to speak.
The Relevance of Civil Rights
Civil Rights serves as an entitlement in terms of being a duly bonafide citizen of a specific country, state and nation alike.
The societal placement of human rights serves as a legal mantle of protection for the purpose of keeping citizens away from the evil of discrimination and at the same time, granting them numerous freedoms that they deserve which will gear them on the direction of living their individuality to the fullest.
As an example, free speech and due process are two of the most valuable and highly prized civil rights that leads every individual and citizen of a country to air out their opinions and views on a certain topic and aspect, by means of conversation, and in the longer run, in creating his or her unique and distinct image as a person.
In the legal basis of understanding and perspective, Civil Rights as a whole is a mutual covenant and decision that transpires between the governing bodies concerned, as well as with the respective states and citizens living in it as a whole.
In addition, the other poignant examples of Civil Rights include the following and these are: freedom from arbitrary arrest, freedom of religion and the right to vote.
In totality, the goal of Civil Rights is to provide legal and humane protection to every citizen concerned, in order for them to enjoy the freedom of doing what they want, love and desire in their individual lives in an in-depth dimension.
The Similarities of Civil Rights and Human Rights
Civil Rights and Human Rights have a great common denominator in terms of being applied, availed and incorporated in the daily lives of every concerned citizen in a maximal and optimal level.
Regardless of the country that they live in, the race and society that they belong to and are part of and most especially on the way and manner on how they live their lives, the best way that they can, both civil rights and human rights play an interfolded role in promoting the individual’s thrust to live his or her life, ladened with the mindset that he or she is protected legally on the basis of national laws and of the Constitution, in a variety of stipulations alike.
The nature of human rights originates from being the so-called “qualified rights”, and as human rights is greatly concerned in the limelight of personal premise, it is absolutely an assurance that protection is of utmost priority and majority, as an umbrella provision for the citizen and individual’s sake, in great dependence of certain inclusive factors, so to speak.
To cite an example, the Article 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), specifies with the support of legal basis, the right to marry. As a provision to this specific right, the right can be taken in a conditional level, in terms of how it is both practiced and promulgated in a specific country and nation, provided with the national laws of marriage as a basis of framework.
On the other hand, as a means of supporting the role of human rights as qualified rights in itself, the Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), which speaks about the freedom of expression, wherein every individual is free to share his or her inner sentiments in a manner that he or she is not reprimanded brutally in doing such.
Furthermore, Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) which speaks about the freedom of thought, sets the stage and platform of voice and expression, that will strengthen the purpose of the abovementioned heavily ladened human and qualified right and freedom in a point of view that it will be regarded closely as civil rights in the longer run.
As a means of determining the difference between civil rights and human rights, the best and profound example that can be taken in a closer view and in the premise of practicality is from the perspective of prisoners.
The situation of prisoners, in terms of being placed in jail or in prison, does not in any way hinder them, to be entitled to the fundamental and essential human rights that other human beings enjoy who are not imprisoned, respectively.
Moreover, prisoners have the right to access the freedom for torture, as manifested and stipulated in the Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).
On the contrary, despite the freedom of torture that they enjoy as prisoners, on the basis of Law and Constitution, they are still duly stripped off with some of the legally ladened civil rights and these are the freedom to move and the right to vote, respectively.
An In-Depth Discussion on the Difference of Civil Rights and Human Rights
In general, the great difference between human rights and civil rights is that human rights are universally protected in all of the world’s nations, but in an international perspective, it is protected by international law on a larger and global scale.
On the other hand, civil rights are given utmost protection, on the basis of the individual’s location, as it may vary in the state, nation and country that he or she is living in, respectively, on the basis of their national laws and Constitution.
The after effect of such difference in outlook, coverage, benefit and perspective of human rights and civil rights is that, in the point of view of the international key players, they may be less likely to exert and offer a direct action and initiative, as a means of enforcement to a certain violation of a nation, which concerns heavily the citizen’s civil rights, on a national level, yet the nation itself is more inclined to respond heavily on violations that impede human rights, so to speak.
Lastly, the universal nature of human rights is definitely an advantage, as enjoyed by all of the countries of the world, the varied nature of civil rights is dealt differently thus it is the utmost responsibility of the person to be more cautious, responsible and aware of taking into great use, his or her constitutionally regarded civil rights, in the longer run.
Both Human Rights and Civil Rights are important to the individual for without the presence of these two in his or her country of origin, it will truly be a difficult, bumpy and rocky ride for him or her, in terms of reaching his or her destination wherein he or she can pursue life, both in the maximum scope, and in the optimum core, in entirety.