Feb. 29, 2012
-- If we think about the absolute supremacy of human life, a life that, to be understood as such, must be a life lived with dignity, we have to think about life from a material point of view and, therefore, in a priority status to the so-called "social" rights, since social rights (economic, social and cultural) address issues as basic to life and human dignity as food, health, shelter, work, education and water. With this understanding, it becomes very clear that the materiality of human dignity rests on the so-called "existential minimum", the hard kernel of social rights, in such a way that social rights are genuine (true) fundamental human rights. Recognition of social rights cannot be, therefore, a mere listing of good intentions on the part of the state. Social rights are fundamental rights, which are for all men, can be exercised by everyone and are essential to life and human dignity. Nevertheless, that leaves much to be done so that these rights can be put on a par with civil and political rights insofar as legal status is concerned. What we are seeking in this study, then, is to shed light on the understanding that social rights are fundamental human rights, by contributing to a proposal to be offered for creating and demanding, politically and legally, certain social rights envisioned from another place, in a critical and humanistic way, as well as to help in some way so as to be able to overcome the social apathy of our times through an emancipatory and transformative process of rebellion.
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