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The Negative Aspects Of Special Rights

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Kymlicka believes that nation-building is beneficial in developing the identities of the state, he further goes on to say that we can justify granting ‘special rights’ to the minorities in a liberal state to protect them from any injustices (Kymlicka, 2002). Kymlicka does not state exactly what he believes special rights to be, therefore it is open to many different interpretations. I do not find this argument plausible because there are many instances in which certain special rights allow the minorities to have more rights than the majority. This occurs in the case of honour killings and gender equality.
Firstly, it should be noted that the purpose of special rights is to promote equality ...view middle of the document...

I do not think this seems valid because under no circumstances should someone have the right to take something that is not theirs especially someone else’s life. Therefore, is equality being achieved if only certain people are being given certain rights? While Kymlicka may disagree, I do not believe so.
Secondly, an important question is as follows, does allowing special rights to enter the equation really promote equality? While it may be beneficial in some cases, there are many cases in which this so called ‘special rights’ result in the oppression of certain people within the minority groups by the minority itself. An example of this I will focus on is the rights of women in certain countries and cultures. In Canada, a fairly liberal society, women are working towards being considered equal to men, and have come a long way in the past half-century. However, the women of Canada are much closer to gender equality than many other countries around the world. Therefore, should people from other countries who have immigrated to Canada be granted the rights to treat women as less than equals or even as property? In this respect, I believe special rights do not promote equality, but make exceptions for the minorities.
The final point I would like to focus on is whether multiculturalism is beneficial to everyone. Allowing everyone to practice and be a part of different religions and cultures doesn’t appear to harm anyone but when each group of people demands special accommodations made for them, including their own land separate from the rest of the Canadians. This, in my opinion, would not make Canada ‘multicultural’, it...

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