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Is all morality about human rights?

Is the whole of morality about human rights, or human rights the whole of morality? Are there other types of moral concern than human rights concerns? One can argue that morality is a human construct as we are the only species (at present) able to recognize and live by its existence. Thus, morality can only apply to human rights because we are the only species able to even enter into conversation with it in the first place.

With that in mind, do all moral considerations necessarily only relate back to the protection of these rights; so that concerns for animals or the environment are relevant only as moral concerns in terms of how they can directly/or indirectly affect human rights? Or is morality a universal concept that extends far beyond the remit of Human Rights and if so how can one justify such a position?

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    Nov 11 2012: There are no such thing as inherent human rights. If two people are born at the same time and one has the right, which one has the responsibility to give it to the other?
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      Nov 12 2012: You could say they both have the right to not be murdered by the other. If a right is inherent, one simply doesn't take it away from another in the first place.
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      Nov 19 2012: it is not about giving a right, but not taking it from another
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        Nov 19 2012: All of this is true and I believe passionately that we should treat each other iwth dignity and compasion, however many people bandy about the term 'Rights' as though they believe they should be given them by others and that I feel is where the process breaks down.

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