INTD 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Outsourcing, Labor Rights, Racial Profiling

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Lecture 10: Opposition to Universal Human Rights
12/16/12 9:22 AM
Doctrine of Cultural Relativism
Mainly from Asian Countries
“Asian Values”
Parts of the Universal Declaration are contrary to their Values
Indonesia, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore
Human rights is a new form of colonialism visa-vi the East
The people in those countries did not agree with their governments.
Through the use of the internet
Human Rights organizations in these countries
Article 27 of UDHR: all people have a right to their cultural values
Have a right to protect their unique cultures
Do not have the right to violate human rights due to their culture
o Ex. Slavery
Economic Globalization
An attack from the west on human rights
In most free trade agreements, there are little or no provisions on
human rights, labour rights, and the environment
Put factories in low income countries ! low labour standards, low
environmental standards, low taxes, etc…
Economic Globalization: a laissez faire free market system for the whole
Promotion of free open markets with little or no regulation
No minimal standards for labour, environment or health
Outsourcing Jobs
Able to circumvent obligations to provide decent labour standards and move
manufacturing to countries who have lower standards to increase profit
Inequality began to grow
Free trade agreements
Human rights standards take principle over free trade
Article 103
The EU
To be allowed in you must sign on economic, social and cultural
Civil Society Organizations, Churches, NGOs: against the WTO
Massive demonstrations
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