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Human rights can never be universal

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For seventy-years, there has been a constant need for one version of human rights to be imposed on all of humanity, on seven billion people and 193 nation-states. From theory to practice, from ideology to action, from rhetoric to reality — the Universal Declaration of Human Rights created a set of 30 rights, which are expected to be upheld, implemented, and adhered to by every governmental and non-governmental institution in the whole wide world.

Failure to do so can lead to economic sanctions, isolation, and even violation of sovereignty. One only has to look at Syria to understand the dire implications of refusing to uphold people’s rights according to universal standards.

However, is it fair, just, and logical to expect all of humanity — from North, East, West, and South — to adhere to the same principles of human rights?

While the intention of creating a universal document of human rights may be regarded as good in theory; it is, however, chaotic and illogical in practice. If the conflicts of the past 70 years are anything to go by then one would conclude that a universal set of human rights is inconceivable, impractical and merely a utopian dream which should only be confined to theory books. It is in the spirit of universality that Amnesty International........

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