We are all entitled to basic freedoms and prerogatives. Human rights include the rights to life, liberty, equality before the law, education, freedom of association, freedom of speech, movement, and religion. The United Nations Human Rights Council’s 47 rotating member states are responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. The Council’s impartiality has often been challenged by those nation-states guilty of human rights violations. Nation-states seem to selectively protect the human rights of their citizens. Dictatorships and theocracies tend to suppress human rights, because citizen freedom would threaten the ego- or dogma–driven power status quo.
Membership in Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, or International Service in Human Rights offers opportunities to actively pursue the rights and well-being of persons worldwide.