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Lecture 10

Lecture 10: Opposition to Universal Human Rights

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International Development
INTD 200
Warren Allmand

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 à low labour standards, low environmental standards, low taxes, etc… Economic Globalization: a laissez faire free market system for the whole world • 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 margin. Inequality began
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