Reflective Dialogue 18: Human Rights In A Changing World

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Reflective Dialogue 18: Human Rights in a Changing World
In this chapter of Global Issues, the authors discuss the different dimensions of human rights and how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights articulates these dimensions. Human rights, the authors note, historically, have not been much of a concern for countries to protect or to advocate for globally. The main reason for this is because countries were more focused on forming alliances for the sake of countering potential external threats; as result, it was of little importance to them whether a prospective ally was a human rights violator. It wasn’t until after World War II that states genuinely considered the importance of human rights (1948: this was when Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved) and started calling for the global protection of them. As evidence, the authors discuss the historical origins of human rights, the content of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, globalization’s effects on the UDHR, the conflict between a universal and relative perspective on human rights, and how human rights are implemented. The author gives an overview of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how certain rights fall into certain categories. There are two categories of rights according to the UN: negative
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These dimensions either fall into two categories known as positive and negative rights. Positive rights are when citizens are entitled to a good. Negative rights are based on noninterference from the government into the lives of its citizens. Even though the world has emphasized human rights than ever before, and that’s a good thing, the proliferation of rights that’s come with it, is not. Positive rights are the source of this proliferation and will cause social strife down the

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