Property Rights and Human Rights

Human rights have long been associated with property rights, as suggested by the inclusion of property rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Sunwater Institute conducts analysis of the interaction of property rights and human rights. Though violations of property rights are by no means the worst harms that people can suffer, they are in some ways the most common harms to they are vulnerable. The effects of violations of property rights can extend across time, making it more likely that future generations will be subject to a wide range of economic and social problems. This suggests that the defense of property rights can have significant benefits, not just for present generations, but for future ones too. Most importantly, property rights create the material basis for autonomy, which allows people the means to defend other human rights crucial to their freedom.