"Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government.
They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity.
The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent,
on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign. ...
You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth."
Mother Teresa
[Agnes Gonxha Beiaxhiu] (1910-1997) Humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize 1979
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I think that this has come in very useful for my assignment and those who have trouble in seeking their needs/rights as humans will find strength to continue with these words.
 -- Grace, Auckland     
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    Exactly right, largely forgotten and, sadly, seldom taught in but few of our schools and universities.
     -- Doug, Wethersfield     
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    That I am limited only to 5 stars to rate this here. We hold this truth to be self evident and ABSOLUTE ! ! ! A right is a law of nature and of natures God legal domain, expressing an individual elements (singly or in concert / a person(s)) province of action at freedom and liberty. Right(s) is inherent in the (equal to each and every, any and all) individual person(s) as a faculty of existence and as such can NOT! be extended to another or a plural, created by corporeal man or conferred by government.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A fundamental truth.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Individual sovereignty granted through contract with the Creator.
    Many a nation receives grace and peace, But its is only through/by God's Mercy, one receives individual sovereignty.
    Grace removes doubt, Mercy removes misery. in the form of,
    Economic, Physical, and Spiritual Liberties. The yoke of necessity needs no extra burden for a children At Liberty. Hence the 13 attributes of 3 key liberties. Chophshiy (financial), Eleutheria (Manumission from slavery), Apeleutheros( Access to the presence of God, a Freed man). liberties. !3 attributes are to govern the lending houses, and Not to be disregarded, as they are today, under siege. The phrase "human rights" does not define or explain in detail, therefore allowing for private interpretation sowing discord among the people. Such a learned sister would know of these things but it would be contrary to her churches doctrine to speak of such Liberties which reside outside of their current orthodoxy. Remembering our founding fathers great disdain for such a cover up.
     -- Ronw13, OR     
     -- jim k, Austin      
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