Nothing in life comes without a price. Not even so-called "rights". The privileges we have today are earned. To apply the term "right" is a perversion of the English language and results in the creation of a moral absolute - something which resulted in the killing of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The problem with human rights is that every hero either dies, or lives long enough to find itself as the villain. Human "rights" are subject to interpretation.
Human rights organizations are really just left-leaning people full of self-entitlement. While there are some things that should be rights like not being killed or tortured by the state for no reason, there are very few things that should be anybody's "right". And yet, if many of these "human rights" groups were allowed to decide how things should be run then almost everything under the sun would be a human right. Thus human rights groups do more bad then good since they are really just socialists in disguise trying to exploit people's good will by abusing the term "human right".
The human rights movement has started causing harm. Much like the unions were helpful in the beginning, to establish a safe and productive workplace for employees, they now abuse their power. The human rights movement is now the same way. It is supposed to promote basic human rights, so that people are not mistreated or tortured, and so that they are given basic needs to sustain life. Now, people use it to abuse what it was originally needed for, to justify things that aren't human rights. These include privileges that aren't basic needs, when in prisons or in third world countries. Human rights should extend to meeting our basic needs to sustain life, without torture or degradation only.
The human rights movement doesn't necessarily accomplish as much as proponents hope it would. However it does keep human rights visible. Human rights violations and injustices prosper when those not subject to them are either unaware, or worse, stand by and do nothing. I believe the movement is necessary to prevent further injustices from occurring.
When situation warrants, decisive action is imperative and in the better interests of mankind. This is crucial in case of the worst malady of the day known as terrorism where the blood of innocent people are shed on the streets without any logic or reason. Other major crimes are also no exception.
Of late, human rights concept is being misused to protect even terrorists and serious criminals who don't have any right to roam free and harm others. The human rights movement is a serious hurdle in the efforts of the state in punishing these criminals.
Human rights as a concept is useful and must be administered in deserving cases, but at the same time it should not become a protective umbrella for serious crimes.
It is less than a century since the Holocaust, and other genocides, notably in the Balkans and in Rwanda, have gone on since. These are the most extreme results of bigotry and hatred, yet even "first world" countries still struggle with the social ills of prejudice, racism and sexism. Progress is evident, yes. But the day when justice "rolls down like waters" has yet to come. This is the dream of the human rights movement, and any perceived harm is to those who are unwilling to relinquish privileges and power for the sake of freedom and justice.
The human rights movements sometimes causes problems in policy makings and other organizational issues, but they are the ones who try to keep the sufferings and problems of the mass people. They try to rise voice against violators of human rights and if for that reason they hinder any other process it is acceptable.
Although opponents and extremists might cause violence in the name of this movement, the cause is a just one and thus worth the fight. People will twist the truth and turn human rights into something it is not solely to promote a narrow agenda, but the intrinsic principles of the movement are still just and right.
It facilitates just change, examination of the status quo and a showing of respect for all human life. The human rights movement has not caused any harm. But, it hasn't exactly gotten it totally right. It is lacking. There are people that could benefit from the human rights movement that haven't. The human rights movement can sometimes seem a bit selective or preferential. And there is often a fine line between leading someone to the water and feeding it to them. The human rights movement must be careful not to cross that line.
I believe that without the human rights movement, even more human rights violations would take place than are currently happening. The only way to end these violations is to make the public aware and, as a group, stand up to these injustices through legal action. To ignore the problems would just make the circumstances worse for everyone.
"Human rights" can mean so many things to so many people. The first issue that comes to my mind is the one of child labor. If children had no advocates working to ensure their safety and rights to happy and healthy childhoods, there would be so many more young people working in dangerous and inappropriate situations. This issue has come to the forefront, and many good people work tirelessly to improve life for children.
The human rights movement is one of the greatest ideas to come out of the 20th century. It has forced awareness to the suffering and plight of millions of downtrodden human beings. It has enabled richer nations and democracies to guide parts of the world toward treating their citizens with minimums of rights and respect.
The Human Rights Movement cannot possibly cause more harm than good. As people fight for the rights of people, both at home and abroad, more people begin to open their eyes to the plight of those who are living without the basic human rights of people. The more people whose eyes are open to the reality, the more of a chance there is for change. People supporting the Human Rights Movement could cause a snowball effect and change the world.
Whatever problems may be caused by overzealous activism, the lack of any functioning human rights movement would freely allow sweatshop owners, slavers, juntas, and other incredibly nasty people, to do whatever they wanted to whoever they wanted, without anyone batting an eye.
The human rights movement is a body that has a voice, when others do not or are too scared to have one. Isn't it nice to know that someone is willing to fight for a cause and protect you? All the movement is asking is that every human being be treated equally and with respect.
When we step back and take a look at the world it is amazing the amount of oppression that we see and it is good that there are folks out there trying to make us aware of the plight of others.
I can see the point that sometimes they go far and try to encompass too many things as, "rights" but on balance I think that they do more good than harm.
Human rights groups do not only protect the rights of the innocent, they bring to light easily ignored abuses of power by governments, and help enforce norms of behavior and the rule of law on which all people rely. If governments are empowered to treat only good people well, they are being empowered to judge who is, and is not, good. Those are distinctions that they are unable to make in a reliably accurate way, even assuming a coherent, objective standard exists for such judgments. Human rights need to apply to everyone, or they will not be a serious force at all. It's true that the human rights movement is not always effective in ending particular abuses, but the investigations, publicity campaigns, and litigation they undertake provide important pressure on governments, who generally prefer to exercise power secretly or at least without challenge.
The movement for human rights is very important, and most major nations have agreed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They should be held accountable to this document if they have signed it. Also, the benefits of activism for human rights are obvious globally. Groups like Amnesty International have arranged the release of people whose rights are being violated. Women have moved from situations of oppression and sex slavery to situations where they can vote and work. Racial groups once viewed as inferior have gained rights. All these reasons mean that the human rights movement is doing good.