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Cazort.net initially had a list of inalienable human rights as part of its political platform, but has moved away from this way of presenting rights, in part because of influence from the evolving position of Why This Way on the topic of rights.
Instead of presenting our proposed list of rights as a universal or innate list, we acknowledge that there are different ways of thinking about rights. We have designed our list of desired legal rights in such a way that intends to minimize coercion. Our rights are not intended to be strictly individual; some of them apply more to communities.
History of this list:
Cazort.net's list of rights was originally inspired by the United Nations's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our list was originally intended to be more universal than the UN's list. The UN's list relies on certain assumptions about the structure of society, and we believe that its list of rights does not adequately address every concern that it is intended to address. As humans do not live in isolation, we also believe that some rights can only be adequately expressed as "community" rights.
We support a rights framework in which there are certain rights that cannot be given up voluntarily, such as by signing a contract or legal agreement. However, each right exists only to the extent that one is not infringing upon the rights of others. For example, if one commits violence against others, one could be incarcerated and thus lose the right to freely move about in society in order to protect others against violence, but as a prisoner, one would still have a right for food and shelter as well as protection from violence and harassment.
- A right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being, including food, clothing, housing, and more. This includes access to a healthy, adequate food supply, and enough shelter to live in a safe and healthy way.
- A right to be protected from violence and harassment, whether the perpetrator is their government, criminals, family members, or others, and whether the violence or harassment is with or without cause.
- A right to freely communicate their own ideas and the ideas of others in private and in public, in speech, writing, and other mediums.
- A right to privacy with any consenting individuals, including any form of communication without the observation of others.
- A right to freedom of movement, including movement within their country, and ability to leave and return to their country.
- A right to have their own work and their own ideas attributed to them, and not to others, and also the right to not have attributed to them any ideas or work that is not theirs.
- A right to express dissent within their government, without retaliation or threat of retaliation.
- Freedom of Religion - The freedom to express their religious beliefs in the public arena as well as in the economy. We believe that freedom of religion encompasses both traditional religions as well as other belief systems that may not be identified as such, but still impart a sense of meaning and purpose in peoples' lives. Freedom of religion encompasses the freedom to work in a way in accordance with ones' religion. A purely secular economy can violate peoples' freedom of religion because it can require them to work in ways contrary to their religious beliefs just to support themselves.
When Rights are Violated:
Violation of the rights of another is the basis of a criminal act, and can result in a restriction of your rights to the extent of protecting the rights of others.
- A right to self-sufficiency, that is, any community that is not using resources from other communities cannot have resources taken involuntarily from it by these communities, for example, through taxation or other forms of appropriation, and communities shall not be coerced into using external resources.
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