“Human rights” is a fairly modern concept, and it is one that has been getting a great deal of attention here in the early years of the twenty-first century. While opinions differ wildly about what constitutes human rights, most modern world citizens believe that all people should have at least the most basic rights. Human Rights plays a role in everyone’s life, but not everyone realizes it. It’s involved in every comment you make that includes someone different. Every near discriminatory “joke” you say. It affects people, even if it doesn’t affect you. Human rights means being able to hold hands with the person you love, work where you’re qualified to work without your skin color or sexual orientation being the reason you can’t; it means having the right to be human, making choices and mistakes. The doctrine of human rights was created to protect every single human regardless of race, gender, sex, nationality, sexual orientation and other differences. The international community established international human rights laws that lay down the obligations of governments to respect, protect and fulfill human rights. Throughout this essay I will correlate current news that have an emphasis on human rights to the ancient past.