How are human rights promoted

Human rights

Michael Krennerich

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Dr. phil. Michael Krennerich, born in 1965, is chairman of the Nuremberg Human Rights Center. He is a research assistant at the chair for human rights and human rights policy at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Krennerich is also co-editor of the "Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte".

Who has human rights? How were they fought for? And how can human rights be monitored? The chairman of the Nuremberg Human Rights Center, Dr. Michael Krennerich gives answers.

Human rights are equally available to all people. (& copy lego / Photocase)

What are human rights?

Human rights are rights to which every human being is entitled by virtue of "being human". They are linked to the claim to apply equally to all people worldwide. The various human rights are mutually dependent and form a unit. In their entirety, they aim to protect the dignity and freedom of people.

Located between morality, politics and law, human rights are complex rights. They can be justified morally and become "positive" rights through political decisions - i. H. Man-made and thus changeable rights - which in the modern world of states are anchored in international agreements and, ideally, in the catalogs of fundamental rights of national constitutions.

These identify individuals as bearers of human rights and primarily - but not only - oblige states to respect, protect and guarantee human rights.