I decided to choose to human rights movement because it  has led to much reform in international business relations. Cases that we have read in class like Nike have aided this movement’s force and impact; because it caused individuals to consider basic human rights of all peoples regardless of what country they live in. Humans rights can be understood as “inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled because he or she is a human being”. The concept of human rights has attempted to created a ethical standard robust enough to stand against common differences in cultures and countries. The doctrine of human rights “in international practice, within international law, global and regional institutions, in the policies of states and in the activities of non-governmental organizations, has been a cornerstone of public policy around the world.”

         The basic tenets of the human rights movement developed after the massacres that resulted major events such as World War II, and the Holocaust. These events gave birth to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights shortly after World War II.

           The impact of the human rights movement is astonishing it has led to the abolishment of slavery, women’s suffrage, and reform in international business practices. Human rights is still relevant today and this can be seen in organizations formed for the purpose of stopping human trafficking, or even debates concerning a woman’s right to abort a child. One area of critique is the difficulty of defining a “right” that is universally agreed a midst different countries.

          I think this movement is beneficial to humanity because it has caused us to value human life simply because we are human. The uniqueness of our humanity has given us a sort of dignity that has caused us to want to treat every human with a certain level of respect. This movement is something that I am for, and look forward to seeing its progression in the near future. 

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2 responses »

  1. Lindsey F. says:

    I agree that the movement has had positive impacts. My only concern is that people rely on it too much. Many people try to argue that a certain action or decision has violated their human rights, when in reality it didn’t. This movement had become a scapegoat for many people and it is disheartening because as you mentioned, there have been many significant reforms based on this concept. I am also interested to see the progression in the future and hopefully it accomplishes its true mission.

  2. eric says:

    I agree with many of your points. I think the Human Right Movement is power and important. I also agree with Lindsey – though I’d argue that having “too much human rights” isn’t so bad of a thing! THAT being said, people in today’s society would do well to have a bit of WWII get-up-and-go/do attitude. You want to be something? Be something! Just don’t hurt other people to be something – thus, the importance of a strong Human Rights Movement.

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