National Sovereignty and Human Rights Violations Descriptive Essay by Nicky

A brief essay on international human rights issues and whether or not there is a true duty or responsibility for a national leader.
# 150921 | 839 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 02, 2012 in Hot Topics (General) , Labor Studies (General)

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This essay describes not just the moral issues regarding human rights, but also whether individual nations and its leaders have a responsibility. A large discussion of this paper is in regard to international law and how nations can work together to provide humane conditions for living and working. As much as human rights violations might be decried in many countries and by various international organizations, the fact is the international political community has decided that maintaining sovereignty is more expedient than ending abuses.

From the Paper:

"Moralistically, of course, there is no debate; a human right by very definition is a right that is inalienable to all humans, and therefore the denial of someone's human rights is a morally and ethically repugnant act. In the real world, however, there are very real questions of what exactly constitutes a human right, or if they even exist; what the power of the State is, and what the power of the people; and the very serious question of whether one sovereign state has the right to inhibit, prohibit, or in any way discourage what it perceives as human rights violations in another sovereign nation. This last question has led to many political altercations in the past, and still leads to several a year currently. Much recent attention has been paid to human rights violations in China, with United States' leaders speaking out directly against these acts.
"Shortly before traveling to Beijing to attend the Olympic opening ceremony in August of 2008, President George W. Bush used very strong and direct terms to denounce several of China's most well-documented human rights abuses, including the imprisonment of political dissidents and members of the press who do not toe the party line (Abramowitz 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abramowitz, M. (2008). "U.S. in 'firm opposition' to Chinese human rights policies, Bush says." The Washington post, Thursday 7 August. Accessed online 30 September 2009.
  • Young, E. (2009). "Obama brings up human rights as U.S., China leaders meet." The Christian post, Monday 27 July. Accessed online 30 September 2009.

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