• Robert Spicer

Human rights: we need more not less

Bill Bowring’s discussion of human rights includes the following:

• There is a clear conflict between the Western conception of rights as liberal conceptions of human rights, and social justice.

• In the United States individual rights, especially freedom of expression and property rights, will always trump social policy considerations.

• Everyone is entitled, as a right of citizenship, to be able to meet their basic needs for income, shelter and other necessities.

• The Human Rights Act 1998 does not protect the full range of rights contained in the UN Declaration on Human Rights.

• There is nothing inherent in social and economic rights that prevent judicial determination of their content.

• There is a deep antipathy in the United Kingdom to collective or group rights.

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