Human Rights and Basic Needs

  • Paul Streeten


Is the satisfaction of basic needs a human right? Are minimum levels of nutrition, health and education among the most fundamental human rights? Is there a human right not to be hungry? Or are human rights themselves basic needs? Are there basic needs other than material needs which embrace human rights? Does the respect for rights and the satisfaction of needs go together or can there be conflict?


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  1. 1.
    See Charles Fried, Right and Wrong, Harvard University Press (1978), pp. 111–12.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia, Basic Books, New York (1974).Google Scholar

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