The rewording of this section reduces the State’s obligation toward individuals to an abstract “respect” toward individuals, and “participation in government processes.” The revised wording is not an elaboration, but a contraction. A diminution of a value citizens can recognize, and that our State is supposed to uphold.Why? The contest of asserting individual rights is inevitably social. Asserting human rights is bound up in how society treats whole classes of individuals. Especially (but not only) the marginalized, who otherwise have no power over circumstances that profoundly affect the course of their lives. Those conflicts, those contests, arise that are not resolved by the services of a bureaucracy.
Human rights and the rule of law are “two sides of the same principle, the freedom to live in dignity,” says the United Nations. The rule of law, it adds, “is the implementation mechanism for human rights, turning them from a principle into a reality.” The United Nations also says, “There is no rule of law…if human rights are not protected and vice versa; human rights cannot be protected…without a strong rule of law.”
SECTION 11. The State values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights. [See in context]