The maintenance of human rights is another of the moral bases that is identified within the duties that a citizen might have to others in foreign states. Hook writes that “a human right is a morally justifiable claim made on behalf of all men to the enjoyment and exercise of those basic freedoms which are considered necessary to achieve the human estate” (p24 Pettman 1979). Again, the simplistic answer is that yes, citizens have a moral duty to support the human rights of citizens in other nations, yet in practice there is little that the individual citizen can do and it may not be in the interests of a nation state to press another nation state on its human rights policies. The British Governments desire to maintain good economic relations with China for example sees it loathe to bring up the issues of human rights abuses at a political level.Cosmopolitan thinking is a school of thought that argues the case that citizens do have a moral duty towards citizens of other states. Focussing on the importance of a common humanity, cosmopolitan thought actually derives from the ancient Greek term kosmopolites, which means citizens of the universe. It is founded on moral values. Janna Thompson states, “ it depends on the notion that there are values in the world which everyone ought to accept, whatever their personal interests or community loyalties” (p186 Booth et al 2001). The values referred to are peace and security, self-determination of communities, freedom of individuals and individual well-being. Of course, these ideals are largely Western based – it is difficult to conclude as to whether these ideals would be genuinely acceptable in all cultures and how in fact they would help define the individual’s sense of moral identity and behaviour as a citizen of a global community.