It has been over 50 years since the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights1 was signed by most governments in the world and yet the abuses continue to grow2.
Freedom of Speech and Human Rights are taken for granted in the west, but recent years have seen conditions deteriorate around the world. As early as 1997 for example, Human Rights conditions were reported to remain unchanged compared to previous years, or in some countries, actually worsen3, around the world. In 1998 for example, the UN reported that even though over a hundred governments had agreed to help outlaw some of the worse violations of rights, torture was still on the increase4.
As the New World Order5 marched on towards the new century it did not look as bright and cheerful for most people6 as we would have imagined, or hoped, it to be.
There are so many examples of various countries, corporations and institutions violating human rights. Some are contributing to suppressing rights in other countries9. Others are ignoring the plight of people in other countries whose rights are denied due to their own economic and political interests10 in those other countries.
Human rights include a variety of aspects, from civil and political rights, to socio-economic rights. (Interestingly, as the Human Development Report 200011 from the United Nations points out, during the Cold War, the rich western nations were arguing basically for civil and political rights, while the socialist countries, and some developing countries, were demanding more social and economic rights. Human rights then, was a propaganda tool with both sides using the same words, but for different reasons.)
There are so many abuses that it would take too long to mention here. However, a few that do come to mind that have even made it into the mainstream media (although not always accurately) include those that are presented on this site. The links to these can be seen below. Over time more will be added.
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Haiti, part of an island in the Caribbean, is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere and amongst the poorest nations in the world.
A combination of a long turmoiled history, outside influence/interference preventing local democracy and development, political instability, environmental degradation and poverty all make it incredibly difficult to see how Haiti will be able to get out of its present situation.
China if often criticized for its poor human rights record. As it enters the world stage as a more dominant economic player, more attention has been turned towards its practices in the area of human rights. This page provides a brief overview of just a few of those issues.