n Journal of Public Administration - Freedom and equality : the essence of human rights : view point

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The essential components of any human right anywhere in the world are liberty and equality; yet different interpretations of such rights occur because not everyone agrees about how freedom and equality ought to be measured or applied. Therefore, assuming it is possible to reach universal agreement on human rights it is necessary to first achieve mutual understanding and concurrence on the meaning of basic concepts such as freedom and equality. It is a romantic notion that all men are born free but nevertheless a notion which probably ought to be nurtured in the hope that the ideal expressed will one day become the norm.

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