What can you possess and who has the right to possess it?


Die Menschenrechte

Los Derechos Humanos

Human Rights

Les Droits Humains

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uThe Right to Life uProhibition of Discrimination uThe Right to Food uThe Right to Health uThe Right to Housing uThe Protection of Private Life uThe Right for Freedom of Thought, Believe and Religion uThe Right for Free Education uThe Right for Work uThe Right for Protection of Private Property u The Right for a Fair Trial and Prohibition of Torture uPolitical Rights and Freedom of Expression uThe Rights of Regfugees

Picture 1 être, The Face of Human Rights Costa Rica

The state is not obligated to distribute property to its citizens. But it is obligated to protect the right to own property. The three great regional agreements over human rights guarantee to all the right to freely acquire objects of property and to freely dispose of them. International law protects civil property in case of armed conflict. However, complicated questions arise regarding agrarian reform and commercial utilisation of traditional territories of indigenous people. An agreement of the International Organisation of Labor appeals to states to take into account and protect the rights of property and possessions of indigenous people.

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