Chapter 13: Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization
Human rights is an issue that is in the news a lot. Even though the UN has created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 it is not being followed in all countries - different countries and cultures treat each other (and their citizens) differently.
One of the most well known groups for being a voice for human rights is Amnesty International. They bring attention to human rights abuses all around the world through media, marches and protests.
Can rights that focus on things like individual freedom undermine important collective rights and values - such as those emphasized by other non-Western countries and Indigenous people?
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1. The Great Law of Peace – established by Native peoples before European contact
regarding elected representatives and decision making
2. The AmericanConstitution – 1787 by the 13 colonies that eventually formed the USA,
was the early makings of the government and decision making.
3. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (see Ass’tbklt)
4. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Adopted in 1982 as part of the constitution
put more emphasis on human rights and protecting rights and freedoms.
Many people would argue that globalization has increased the support and advancement of human rights around the world. Why is this so?
On the flip side, because of outsourcing and companies moving their factories to where labour costs are cheaper, many companies have been in the news for abuses of human rights at their factories.
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Another issue that we are seeing with more globalization and freer movement of trade is a disturbing trend in human trafficking
A positive role that the media can play in these types of situation is to bring light to the situation. The media has the potential to have millions of viewers at any one time, it is a very fast way to educate the public.
Shows such as 20/20 and Dateline are good examples of this.