Human Rights Paper

1115 Words May 10th, 2013 5 Pages
Human Rights Paper

One of the most undeniable and challenging foreign policy debates of the last several years has concerned the future of democracy and its role in human-rights law. The idea of Western societies encouraging democratization of non-western societies is believed to be cultural imperialism, which abuses the power of states in the developing world. However for the purpose of this paper, I view the support of democratization by Western societies as a positive approach to achieving the core significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that is supposedly recognized by all states. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created on the notion of a common human race. It represents the first global
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When taking this into consideration, it is evident that this necessary human right cannot be violated with the application of worldwide democracy. In general, democracy is defined as a form of government where all adult citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Clearly, when article twenty-one and the definition of democracy are compared there is a noticeable parallel between the two. There is no other option besides the option of democracy that will guarantee the purpose of human rights to all human beings. The belief that democratization should be promoted through human rights by Western states does not indicate that such promotion should be accomplished by way of aggression or with the wrong intentions. Spreading democracy to non-Western countries has recently been of particular interest in American foreign policy not only because of the encouragement of democracy, but because of other ulterior motives as well. One of the rationales that the Bush Administration employed periodically during the run-up to the Iraq war is that deposing Saddam Hussein and installing a democratic government in Iraq would promote democracy in other Middle Eastern countries. However, when considering the fact that Iraq is in an area of the world that is fundamental to the U.S., it gives the impression that the spreading of democracy by invading Iraq was an

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