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... No: 453511 TO WHAT EXTENT ARE HUMAN RIGHTS CLAIMS CULTURALLY SPECIFIC INTRODUCTION “Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to regardless of
nationality, sex, national or ethical origin, race, religion, language or other status” (Amnesty
International, 2010); these rights – and the duty to protect them - were stated in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and were adopted by the United Nations General
assembly in 1948 (UN, 1948).
Although seemingly simple, the concept can easily be distorted and end up by being
politicized. Rights are rarely claimed but are generally declared on behalf of others. Thus, in
order to uphold a right certa...