The West used to be the loudest voice advocating for human rights. But Western governments' evasive stances on the horrifying death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi government dissident, suggest this is no longer the case. In the light of huge economic links and political turbulence, are human rights still valued in western civilization?
Human rights were originated in the West and established as a form of cultural dominance.
Human rights in Western standard might not be accepted by other cultures.
Human rights are expressive of Western norms
The concept mainly represent Western interests.
Countries set different goals for human rights
For non-developed nations, human rights would slow down the pace of rapid economic development.
There lies an array of predicaments.
Denial of human rights obligations is difficult to punish
The effectiveness of measures, such as sanctions, and under what conditions, is debatable.
The importance of civil vs cultural rights is debated
International norms are contradicting local cultural or social values sometimes.
The West can't interfere in others' domestic affairs
There is the fine line between human rights cooperation and infringe on autonomy.
The West would not honour human rights consistently if facing the risk of upsetting economic allies.
Human rights norms were formed by the West
The West is threatened by economic growth in developing countries
The West compromises human rights for economic gains
Western nations increasingly dispute the importance of civil rights versus economic gains.
Western governments are holding double or multiple standards on the human rights diplomacy.
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