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.
Countries set different goals for human rights
For non-developed nations, human rights would slow down the pace of rapid economic development.Explore
Human rights are expressive of Western norms
Human rights are meant to protect individual dignity, but every culture has a different definition of this moral principle. We often perceive the western definition of human rights as universal, ignoring cultural differences. Though arguably well-intentioned, this Eurocentric interpretation of the concept may be harmful, as it could destroy cultural values in an effort to Westernize belief systems.Explore
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.Explore
The importance of civil vs cultural rights is debated
International norms are contradicting local cultural or social values sometimes.Explore
The West can't interfere in others' domestic affairs
There is the fine line between human rights cooperation and infringe on autonomy.Explore
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.