Effects Of Human Rights On The Speed Of Democratization

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By emphasizing human rights, outside forces catalyze a country towards democratization. The protection of human rights is the basis for the creation of a democracy. Without enforcing these rights, a country will not begin to democratize. Democracy is defined as a type of government that is run by the people, for the people. Through the writing of Sikkink and Pion-Berlin, I am going to explain the importance of human rights and their positive effects on the speed of democratization.
I believe that a state’s rate of democratization is influenced by many outside factors. Sikkink identifies these as transnational and international actors. The difference being that transnational is an interaction across state borders but not by states. Whereas, international is relations between states across borders. Within transnational organizations falls issue networks who have four main actors that are trying to work for something that they all morally believe in; states, international NGOs, domestic NGOs, and international organizations. The United Nations gives these a starting point that they share and discuss to get stuff done. There is a
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Sikkink and Pion-Berlin both argue for the fact that international actors have an influence on a countries democracy. Sikkink helps to build my argument by showing how countries will start to protect human rights based on the force from issue networks. This leads to democracy because the people in the countries who are changing, are finally receiving the correct treatment that is associated with a democratic society. Pion-Berlin also helps to support my argument by addressing the ideas that an international judiciary can provide a government with the tools to protect their people’s human rights. When no one is above the law and is not allowed to hurt human rights, then a country will be able to form a

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