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Posts Tagged ‘ Human rights ’
Protesters and freedom fighters in the Arab world can count on the sympathy, and sometimes the support of Western democratic nations. But this sympathy clouds our judgement, because we automatically conceive the rioters as heroes. The villains are those resisting change, sometimes willing to give their lives for the dictators. Yet, we hardly understand why. The democratic principals that we hold dear and that we wish new regimes will adopt should make us want to know the whole story.
It has been stated many times by humanitarian organisations and the UN: Europe is no longer the safe haven for refugees it used to be. The EU-member states seem to be more obsessed with closing of their borders than upholding the ‘universal’ human rights. But instead of fortifying the wall of Fortress Europe, it might be wise for the EU as a whole to reflect upon the deeper causes of refugee flows.
Internet usage is an undeniable part of the modern world. If a society wants to take a place in this modern world, it’s inevitable to make big investments in that area. But what kind of investment is this? On the one hand, there are countries which make positive investments to increase freedom of internet usage and to make it more qualified. The E-G8 Forum is a good example. On the other hand, there are some countries which try to restrict the usage of internet, such as Turkey.
When we talk about the weak progress of democracy, the first place that comes to our mind is undoubtedly Middle East. What are the reasons that make the Middle East the castle of authoritarian governments? The debates on the reasons of this democracy deficit have focused on especially religion, economy and social structure. Therefore, in this article, I will try explain the dramatic situation in the Middle East and then advance my argument about the future of this region.
A topic that is quite often discussed on this website concerns the inconsistent Human Rights agenda of the EU. Recently, I’ve taken a closer look on the concept of the ‘White man’s burden’, that was popular in the neo-imperialistic times. The similarities between this concept and our modern day Human Rights agenda is quite shocking. Below you’ll find an explanation.
On this website we have devoted a good amount of articles to the inconsistent Human Rights agenda of the EU. While the EU is trying to turn the globe into a ‘Human Rights Paradise’, its own Member States don’t seem to be very committed to this agenda when it comes to their own internal policy: common knowledge for every educated reader. Even though you might get tired of this constant, monotone, message of our bloggers, I’d like to add another paragraph to the Member States’ ‘criminal record’: It concerns the Roma in Italy.
The parliament in Lithuania is treating an anti-gay law, which has drawn the EP’s attention. They claim that if the law is enforced, Lithuania will fail to protect human rights. This threats the protection of minorities and is restricting diversity in Europe. It is a violation of the Fundamental Rights. It is quite surprising that this story has not received more attention. The lack of media interest and attention from the EU is very disappointing.