In my mind, there are many basic human rights. Every human being deserves to be born with the right to live a full, healthy, fear-free life. Basic human rights encompass all the components necessary to live that life.
This does not mean that everyone is entitled to a lavish lifestyle; but, they are entitled to a lifestyle that promotes good health and healthy living.
My list (in no particular order) of the basic human rights is:
1. Adequate nourishment. This does not mean that everyone should eat a diet rich in expensive food items; but, everyone should have access to foods that enhance the quality of the health and lifestyle.
2. Fresh, clean, adequate water. Every person on earth should have access to fresh, clean water within a short distance of them. No one should have to walk miles to reach a dirty well of water that is shared by hundreds of other people or wait until unsanitary tankers arrive with a load of water that is inadequate for the number of people expected to share it. This includes enough water for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning and other uses.
3. A fear-free life. No one should have to live in fear of terrorism, civil war, strife, or any form of mental, emotional or physical enslavement. Everyone should have the right to live their life as they see fit providing it does not infringe on someone else's rights.
4. The right to an education. All people (including girls) deserve the right to an education. It is only through learning that mankind advances.
5. The right to adequate shelter. Everyone deserves the right to a leak-free home that is an adequate size and design to protect them and their possessions from the elements. Thumbs down to monster homes!
6. The right to unpolluted air and environment.
7. The right to be able to express their opinions without the fear of reprisal in any form.
8. Adequate dental care. No one needs gold crowns with diamond implants; but, everyone should receive the basic dental care required to keep their mouths healthy.
9. Adequate medical care. Whether it is life-saving surgery or a capsule of Vitamin A to prevent blindness, adequate medical care should be available to all.
10. The right to work. Everyone deserves the opoortunity to maintain their self-respect and support themselves and their families.
11. The right to laugh.
12. The right to adequate representation if accused of a crime.