When we talk about human and civil rights groups, do we really mean the same thing or there is a difference? Let us interrogate this matter further.

Civil rights are like political rights. They have more to do with how people interact with their governments. Civil rights vary depending on the law that is passed in a country. Whatever civil rights apply in one country do not necessarily mean that it’s applicable in another country. For instance, countries which practice democracy give more attention to civil rights than countries which do not.

Also, there is more attention by the people of that country to ensure that these laws do not limit their abilities to play a part in the democratic governance. In democratic governments, the people have the powers to choose who they would want to represent them. In such kind of a country civil rights such as the right to vote matters a lot.

Some civil rights include; right to vote, freedom of political expression, and freedom of speech or expression. Civil rights try to regulate the amount of power a government can have over the people.

Civil rights give people the power to determine how thy ant to be treated. If they are not satisfied by the government that is on the throne. They can remove it through the process of elections. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

On the contrary, human rights are common to every person, unlike civil rights. The main human right is the right to life. Human rights are supposed to apply to all nations and all people in the same way.

Human rights are established as part of the international law, and therefore no country has the option of not following them. They were passed by a common decision of the United Nations General Assembly of 1948. Human rights cover the basic human needs that make live sustainable for the human beings.

They are based on moral ideals. Human rights apply in the same way for all people regardless of the color or nationality of an individual. There is no way how some rights should apply to some at the expense of the others.

Although there is that difference between the two, the agenda that is pushed by both is the same. The intention is to have a society that applies equity, fairness, and dignity as a means of life. Most of the time rights organizations under the two categories usually come together to address the issues that are plaguing the society. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

The intention is to fight societal ills that bring unfairness and conflicts among human beings. Some of the internationally recognized groups that fall under these categories are; Amnesty International, UNHCR, Human Rights Watch and Human Right Action Center.

Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund

Most organizations which work under the banner of human, civil or migrants’ rights have one thing in common; they are nonprofit organizations. This means that they do not have the money to fund their operations and activities. Most of them depend on donors and other entities of good will to support them.

In Arizona, there is one such donor by the name of Frontera Group. This is an organization that funds other organizations to carry out their activities. Frontera Fund was started by journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.