To 'possess' a human right is to be able to possess a legitimate claim against others (usually the state)1, purely on the basis of being a human, to the fundamental good in question2. That may mean that the claimant has a claim to be facilitated in attaining the good, or should not be interfered with in its possession3. The goods which have been considered necessary to allow persons to enjoy a dignified existence include 'civil human rights' (ie rights to physical integrity4, liberty5, and freedoms of thought and expression6), 'political human rights' (ie freedom of political participation and voting
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