Basically human rights are often defined as the rights a person has simply because they are human. This would mean that if there are 20 people, 20,000 people or 20 billion people the rights are the same regardless. Most things that people tend to associate with human rights are actually privileges that comes from belonging to different social groups. Most of the privilege come at a cost. Healthcare, water, power, housing all have cost associated with obtaining them. A group of 20 people can not put the same levels of resources into each of these that a group of 20,000 could. So these are not actually human rights. So what are they?
The first and probably most important and most violated right is the right to Self-defense. This right exist no matter what laws a society try to pass because self-defense is part of living. But the right to prevent yourself from being harmed or forced to do things is built in. This includes responding with lethal force to those seeking to harm of force you. Societies try to restrict this right for several reasons. A person capable of defending themselves also has the ability to harm others is a commonly stated reason.
A second reason is that it is much easier to force those that don’t have the ability to defend themselves. This is especially true of religious and ethnic minorities. The majority find if far easier to bully any minority under these circumstances if they are unarmed. Simply numbers means in any unarmed conflict the majority will have injuries spread out among a large number and mostly light while the minority suffer grievous injuries. It is a quiet effect means of control.
The second most commonly violated human rights is the right to defend your property and do with it as you wish. This comes out of man’s territorial nature and is again built in to him. Whether it is his home, car, crop field or simply some bobble he owns people will respond violently to those that trying and take them or damage them. This fact is built in to being human. They also respond with violence to people trying to make the use such in ways that they don’t wish or preventing them from using the property in the manner that they want. This factor comes part and parcel with being human and is built in.
This one does have justifiable limits to it however. When you engage in active that effect other properties to defend those properties people will take action. Industrial activity for example is inherently more dangerous than residential. People can and will restrict such to certain areas. Retail is also more disruptive so is also limited in area that it can be practiced. But restrictions on use is a very common method of minority and religious suppression. It is quite common to zone minority neighborhood as industrial increasing the hardship there while decreasing property values. It is also quite common to zone buissness doing retail in minorities areas as residential an shut them down and prevent them from operating in other business areas.
The third most violated human right is the right to buy and sell property. (This includes goods) Limiting this activity to those that are of the approved of group buying and selling only approved of goods to approved of people is also one of the most common human rights violations. The amount of damage that this violation of human rights does is quite extreme and takes generations to recover from. When you hear of “White Privilege” this violation is the primary cause. The restrictions of what property minority can buy was primarily used against black and American Indian population. This insured that any such people would have far fewer chances to improve their lives. Whether it was buying a house or shopping in the local store the restrictions insured minority communities did far worse than everyone else and they would inherently be at a disadvantage do to lack of economic opportunity.
But it goes much further than that. This restrictions is ruthlessly used to insure one group( most often a corporation) succeeds and another fails (Or is out right outlawed) ; to make sure one group has far more opportunities than another violating everyone else’s rights. It is also used to target different ethnic and social groups by outlawing or steeply raising the prices of things that they purchase meaning such groups will have far fewer economic opportunities violating their rights.
The fourth most violated human rights is the right to exchange services for wealth. There are a great many laws forbidding the exchange of many sevices for wealth. There are far more restricting who may provide such services and how much of minimum payment must be paid for them. They are on many laws also on who is permitted to even by such services. All such laws are designed to provide a privilege to one set of people at the expense of another.
The next human right that is commonly violated is the right to make way. Limiting the places people can go to, who can travel where and just how they may travel while inflating the cost to travel limit the opportunity available to a great many people in favor of those that are more popular with the majority or the powerful. The damage that people suffer from because of this violation of human rights is incalculable.
Human rights don’t require anyone to pay for them. Privileges almost certainly do in one form or another. The United Nation’s council on human rights is a sham. Almost no time is spent on stopping actual violation of human rights but a lot of time is spent finding justification to violate human rights so that more privileges can be offered.