oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Food allergy : a human rights issue? : ethics

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



'Human rights are entitlements people can claim relating to their basic needs because they are human.' The original conception of human rights was to protect individuals from abuse by the state, and so they were referred to as 'first generation' rights. These rights included civil and political rights, such as freedom of speech, freedom to vote and choose political associations, and freedom of movement. Socio-economic rights were referred to as 'second generation' rights. However, nowadays all types of rights are seen as equally important and so these classifications have fallen away. Human rights are considered to be universal, even though cultural differences exist in society.

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