In the 1990"s debates arose from asian leaders and intellects who argued that culturally based differences justified substantial deviations from standard interpretations of international human rights norms: sovereignty and international hr. Sovereignty is a standard ground for rejecting international hr standards. The rights of each country to formulate its own policies on. Sovereignty alone does little to address internal hr protection and violations: rights abusive regimes often hide behind the criticism of sovereignty to draw attention away from their rights violations. This argument centers on the claim that western hr practices reflect a corrosive, hedonistic individualism that gives inadequate attention to social duties and is incompatible with traditional values and with any plausible conception of human dignity and decency. Mahathir argues that governments, according to the liberal democrats, cannot in any way act against the personal wishes of the individual in society incest to them is not wrong if that is what is desired by the individuals.