The Relationship Between Human Rights And Social Work

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Human beings have a number of rights in this world, from the right to vote, to the right to have an education; but this doesn’t mean that everyone has the same access to these rights, nor are everyone’s rights as equal as they are professed to be. Human rights are meant to protect people from abuse and oppression, with human right workers being on the front line fighting to protect vulnerable populations from oppression. This however is not separate from the work of a social worker, who must implement and deal with the impacts of the rights on individuals; one profession fights on the political front the other fights often one person at a time. While there is a split between the two practices, human rights and social work go hand in hand. This is …show more content…
Vasak (1977) argues that these rights were slotted into two different categories which later became known as the first two generation of human rights, the civil-political along with the social-economic and cultural rights. Vasak goes onto state that the third generation needed to be added due to the changing society, with focuses on what he considered the “rights of solidarity” or community based rights (1977, p. 29). In the early days however, these were primarily focused on the legal side of human rights and what would need to be accomplished in the legal systems or provided by the government. Since Vasak first proposed the term, it has become common in academic literature as a way to describe the differing waves of human rights however, they continued to be discussed in the matter of politics and law (Ife, 2012, p. 43). While three generations of human rights have primarily been connected to the legal side, they all have implications for social work

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