I think I see the problem - you're only focusing on physical pain meaning of "hurt," when that is not what I intended. I don't think you're just playing nonsense word games, and I will happily give you the benefit of the doubt. But you must know that by that standard, if I use enough anesthetic before I kill you, I have not hurt anyone.
If I inflict a violent death upon you, I have wronged you, inflicted injury, harmed you, wronged you. Hurt you.
Also, if "human rights need to be protected" is old-fashioned, then the new fashion kind of stinks.