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Does the West still value human rights in light of its dismissal of Khashoggi's death? Show more Show less
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The West used to be the loudest voice advocating for human rights. But Western governments' evasive stances on the horrifying death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi government dissident, suggest this is no longer the case. In the light of huge economic links and political turbulence, are human rights still valued in western civilization?

Yes, despite that Western countries and non-Western countries perceive human rights differently Show more Show less

Human rights in Western standard might not be accepted by other cultures.
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Countries set different goals for human rights

For non-developed nations, human rights would slow down the pace of rapid economic development.
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The Argument

Human rights can only survive sufficiently in developed countries with abundant wealth, evenly distributed resources and highly functional political system. Non-Western nations, comparatively less developed and modernized, are in a less powerful or even vulnerable positions to promote human rights. The priority of many developing countries is economic developments, rather than political liberties. "According to a study by the Centre for Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness in India, most Indian youths demonstrated 'authoritarian leanings' and were skeptical about the advantages of democracy." Thus, they do not put as much focus on addressing human rights as on economic gains. Furthermore, human rights are a barrier to rapid development. For example, an ongoing government-funded infrastructure project in a democratic country, affected residents and interest groups protesting for their rights and the free media critizing the negative impacts ect, gets dragged over a few years to complete. For what is mentioned above, the West encounters failures and attacks when trying to promote and rectify human rights systems in the developing.

Counter arguments

Some coercive practices, such as inhumane torture and genocide towards critics and dissidents of the government and leading party, should be condemned whatsoever regardless of one's cultural and social practises because no rights would ever exist under such condition.


Rejecting the premises


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