This chapter sketches out some of the key points of agreement and debate concerning rights. It examines different approaches to measuring rights, but first it looks at what rights are and why they are important, how they become violated, what they cover (their substance), and what makes something a right (or how one obtains a right). Rights are the interests and liberties to which humans are entitled. Violated rights are therefore identified by establishing, first, the freedoms and resources to which an individual is entitled and, second, how that individual has been treated by the third party (person or body/organisation) with the corresponding duty to forbear or assist.
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