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?
Yes, the universal norm of human rights still holds strong in the West
Human rights were originated in the West and established as a form of cultural dominance.
Yes, despite that Western countries and non-Western countries perceive human rights differently
Human rights in Western standard might not be accepted by other cultures.
Human rights are majorly expressive of Western values and norms
The concept mainly represent Western interests.
Different countries set different goals in pursing human rights
For non-developed nations, human rights would slow down the pace of rapid economic development.
Hard to say, because promoting human rights globally is complicated
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 and political versus economic and cultural rights is debated.
International norms are contradicting local cultural or social values sometimes.
Western nations cannot interfere with domestic affairs of others.
There is the fine line between human rights cooperation and infringe on autonomy.
Not exactly, Western governments' positions on honouring human rights are selective
The West would not honour human rights consistently if facing the risk of upsetting economic allies.
The West feels threatened by economic growth in developing countries.