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I wish for all law-abiding people: “life, liberty”, equality before the law, legal recourse when rights or privacy are violated, presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and the right to appeal conviction. I’d outlaw discrimination (by race, sex, color, nationality, language, sexual orientation), arbitrary arrest, torture, imprisonment due to poverty, inhuman treatment and enslavement. I’d grant freedom— of movement, speech and creative expression (exempting what is hateful or hurtful to society), assembly, religion, to fair compensation for work, and to choose a marriage partner.

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...individual <---> individual

the theme is paired with: #33A   Servitude--Suffering, Enabling, or Enslaving to make Choice #23   in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:   version 2.0 & 3.0       is this theme new to version 4?--NO

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch #51: Trump's Ascendance: The Patriarchy Strikes Back? Not if Women Are Heard! 
Worldview Watch #30: Women's Rights, Hierarchical Rigidity, Egalitarian Progressivism
Worldview Watch #26: Worldviews, Blasphemy, and Bumper Stickers

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Human Rights Freedom of Religion      freedom of speech
Discrimination Freedom of Speech International Criminal Court
Social Justice UN 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights Reproductive Rights
 egalitarian International Human Rights Instruments Equal Pay for Women
international human rights law  natural rights and legal rights  

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #9A   Religious Fundamentalism  #9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #20B Authoritarian Followers
#22B Imperialism    #25   Evil is Out There #29B Taking Charge==> Violence #36A Cynicism
#36B  Conspiracies #39B Blaming / Scapegoating  #44A Sanctity & Dignity of Life   #203A Hierarchical Rigidity  

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #32:  Human Rights

A Summary of United Nations Agreements on Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Magna Carta for all Humanity
Human Rights Directory (links to thousands of human rights organizations worldwide)
The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner
Human Rights Watch (an organization dedicated to defending human rights worldwide)
Derechos on Freedom of Speech (from an organization that works worldwide to protect human rights)
Links to Human Rights and Liberties  (nearly 1000 links from DMOZ Open Directory)
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Human Rights First (a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization) 
The Human Rights Campaign (America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality)
Amnesty International  (dedicated to protecting human rights worldwide)
Women's Human Rights Issues  (from Amnesty International)
Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice by Jack Donnelly   (more about this 2013 book from Cornell University Press)
Protection Manual for Human Rights Defenders (freely available online from
Uganda and Homosexuality (report from The Economist June 3 2023)
The Gender Wars --a new transgender rights law in Scotland (report from The Economist Jan 7 2023)
Free Speech by Jacob Mchangama (book review by Jonathan Marks in Wall Street Journal Feb 9 2022)
The UN and Human Rights in China (report from The Economist January 8 2022)
Putin's New Era of Repression (report from The Economist November 13 2021)
Human Rights in China  ( two book reviews re: the plight of the Uyghurs from The Economist October 30 2021)
"Like Washington and Jefferson, he championed liberty. Unlike the founders, he freed his slaves" By Elliot McLaughlin (from CNN September 5 2021)
Freedom of Speech: Inconvenient Truths (report about censoring free speech from The Economist Feb 13 2021
“China: Human Rights in Xinjiang” (report from The Economist June 27 2020)

“Maria Ressa, Crusading Journalist, Is Convicted in Philippines Libel Case” by Jason Gutierrez and Alexandria Stevenson (The New York Times story on threat to freedom of the press June 14 2020)

The Dissidents by Peter Reddaway (review of book about fighting for freedom and human rights in the Soviet Union, article from The Economist April 11 2020)

Human Rights Abuses in Myanmar (report from The Economist September 1 2018)
Latin America’s Human Rights Court Moves into Touchy Territory (re: gay marriage, from The Economist Feb 3 2018)
“Fighting Words—A Battle in Berkeley Over Free Speech”  by Katy Steinmetz (article from Time June 12 2017)
Religious Freedom in Malaysia (report from The Economist September 24 2016)
Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan by Isabel Buchanan  (more about this book from The Guardian July 2016) 

"Free Speech: The Muzzle Grows Tighter"  (cover story from The Economist June 4 2016)

"Classifying Acts of Evil--Naming the Unspeakable"  (article from The Economist April 18 2015)
"Human Rights in Egypt: Silence in Class" (article from The Economist Oct 25 2014)
"Human Rights: The Gay Divide" (article from The Economist Oct 11 2014)
"International Law: Mightier Than Words" (article from The Economist Nov 23 2013)
"UN Finds 'Little Appreciation' for Human Rights Among US Businesses" by Carey Biron (published on May 4 2013 by Inter Press Service) 
"There Are Now States Where It's Not Safe to Be a Woman!" by Katrina vanden Heuvel (Apr 10 2013 article from editor of The Nation)
U.S. Fails to Support International Child Marriage Prevention Act (Dec 17 2010 The Huffington Post report) 
"UN: Guantanamo a 'Clear Breach of International Law" by Andrea Germanos (Apr 5 2013 article on Common Dreams website)
International Human Rights  (ACLU International homepage)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Freedom House (group that "advocates for democracy and human rights")
Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights
Statements on Religious Freedom
International Religious Liberty Association
The Chinese Human Rights Web
The Struggle for Human Rights, by Eleanor Roosevelt  (her classic 1948 address)
quotes related to human rights

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