"We are in trouble with respect to how people understand human rights," Aaron Rhodes, former executive director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, told editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Tuesday. "Human rights is very rapidly losing its meaning. … It has become detached from the concept of liberty."
The proliferation has "diluted human rights … watered it down," he said. "Human rights is becoming something divisive, whereas human rights was envisioned by people like Eleanor Roosevelt as a big tent. … Everybody has human rights."