Sunday, January 19, 2014

The End of Human Rights

When an icon of the 20th century’s strivings against oppression passes away, it is an appropriate time to take freedom’s audit.

“The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before,” President Obama said in his eulogy of Nelson Mandela last month, “but they are no less important.” And United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the world to be “inspired” by Mandela’s spirit. “His death has awakened in all of us,” he said, “the flame of human rights and the beacon of hope.”

Their message was clear: We have come far, but there is a great deal left to do.

Yet despite this rhetoric of rededication and hope, the ground of human rights is crumbling beneath us. If we seem to have moved beyond “drama and moral clarity,” it is only because we no longer know where we are going. In fact, a 150-year experiment in creating global rules to protect and defend individual human beings is coming to an end.

Excerpt, read more: The End of Human Rights -By Stephen Hopgood |Washington Post

1 comment:

  1. Indeed there is a great deal left to do. In particular the rights of LGBTI refugees. Although a refugee's right to be protected against forcible return, or refoulement, is set out in the 1951 Convention as relating to the Status of Refugees (Article 33(1)). But many LGBTI refugees are deported back! This is a dangerous practice. No LGBTI refugee from Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Yemen, Mauritania, and Uganda should be deported when it is already established that these countries do execute gays!