International Intervention for Human Rights Violations Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on whether socially progressive countries have the right and/or responsibility to intervene in instances of human rights violations.
# 151107 | 1,473 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 22, 2012 in Sociology (Welfare) , International Relations (General)

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The paper discusses how in today's world, the plight of those located in the farthest reaches of the globe can now be common knowledge, and multi-national organizations, such as the UN have made human rights a priority. The paper then looks at the factors of state sovereignty and cultural custom and shows why a nation, no matter how socially progressive they believe themselves to be, cannot make an unbiased decision whether an occurrence is truly a human rights violation or is simply perceived to be a violation due to their cultural differences. The paper asserts that only a multi-national force can determine whether or not a violation occurred.

A New Reality for Human Rights
The Rights and/or Responsibilities of Socially Progressive Countries in Instances of Human Rights Violations

From the Paper:

"In a world where the Internet and 24 hour-a-day, global news stations are common in most households, certainly the plight of those located in the farthest reaches of the globe can now be common knowledge. Not long ago, like a bad Las Vegas marketing tagline spin-off, what happened within a country's borders stayed inside a country's borders. From the Indian Removal Act in the 1830s, in America, to the Ottoman Empire's genocide of the Armenian people in the early 20th century ("Human rights timeline: From the Indian", n.d.), citizens in countries located sometimes tens of thousands of miles away did not necessarily have knowledge that these atrocities were occurring, often until it was too late and there was little that could be done. Today, not only can everyday citizens in other countries be privy to the violations of human rights in nearly every country, but global organizations have been formed to address these issues.
"The United Nations was founded in 1945, by 51 countries, as a means of promoting international peace, relationships among nations, social progress, improved living standards, and human rights. There are currently 192 Member States who review the multitude of programs and policies administered through this international organization ("UN at a glance", 2009). The preamble to the UN's Declaration of Human Rights gives a clear picture of the organization's mission."

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