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Why are certain rights considered universal in nature? Explain using examples.

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

7. Why are certain rights considered universal in nature? Explain using examples. (250 words)

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications

Why the question:

The question is based on the theme of universal rights.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain why certain rights are considered as universal.


Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:


Start with what you understand by rights in the context of the question.


The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Briefly introduce with a definition of rights. Rights mean claims and entitlements of individuals and groups that are considered to be necessary for leading a life of respect and dignity and are essential for their well-being. For example, Freedom is an essential condition for life and entitlement of the right to freedom is hence a universal claim.

Discuss why certain rights are considered universal in nature.


Give a brief conclusion based on the discussion in the answer.