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Joanne Donovan


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What are human rights? How do we decide and are they universal?

Are human rights the starting point we begin with when looking at how our societies function, or are there more important issues? How true is this statement; 'when people focus on being ethical without being pragmatic they end up being neither.'


Closing Statement from Joanne Donovan

Thanks to everyone who participated in this conversation. Some excellent threads. All the best to you and your families for the new year 2012. Peace.

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    Dec 21 2011: Rights come with responsibilities. If we talk about rights, we must mention responsibilities. Universal human rights arise only where there are universal responsibilities. What does that mean? Responsibility to be a good citizen of the world, to respect other people, to act rather than just speak. I feel if we start evaluating societies based on the above points, then we can build a good base for rights. Otherwise, talk about rights, is just talk.

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