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Human Rights Maps (88): Legal Voting Age

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data / democracy / human rights maps / law

(source, voting age is a minimum age established by law that a person must attain to be eligible to vote in a public election) More on democracy as a human right. It goes without saying that the legal voting age isn’t a good indicator of the quality of democracy in a country. So you can’t use this information to judge whether a country respects the right to democracy. A very high legal voting age – […]

What Are Human Rights? (20): Universal Rights

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culture / human rights and international law / law / what are human rights

A few more words on the universality of human rights (following up from here). Legally, human rights are universal norms and rules. Almost all countries in the world have accepted international treaties that translate human rights into law, or have accepted membership of international institutions which proclaim to respect human rights or work towards the realization of human rights (such as the UN). (There’s an overview of the acceptance of the two major human rights treaties […]