Human rights

Human rights refers to the "basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled." Examples of rights and freedoms which are often thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life and liberty, freedom of expression, and equality before the law; and social, cultural and economic rights, including the right to participate in culture, the right to food, the right to work, and the right to education.

Corporal punishment and human rightsEdit

Article 5 of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948 reads:

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

The question is what forms of corporal punishment violate human rights and which don't. Human Rights activists such as Amnesty International take the view that all non-consensual forms of corporal punishment, whether of adults or minors, in the home, at institutions such as schools, at workplaces, in the military, and in prisons, are human rights violations. Countries and states which have laws that regulate corporal punishment oppose such a generalizing view.

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