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International Perceptions of Human Rights

International Perceptions of Human Rights

Following the atrocities of World War II, world leaders created a legally binding declaration that would act as the foundation of international human rights law. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted by committee members from several continents, represents “the universal recognition that basic rights and fundamental freedoms are inherent to all human beings . . . [w]hatever our nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status” (United Nations, n.d.-a, para. 2). The leaders recognized that these rights are “inalienable and equally applicable to everyone, and that every one of us is born free and equal in dignity and rights” (United Nations, n.d.-a, para. 2). Although the United Nations declared these rights to apply to everyone, individuals from various cultures differ in terms of ethical norms, codes of conduct, and values. How do these cultural differences in ethical norms and codes of conduct affect public administrators’ perceptions of human rights?

For this Discussion, select two cultures within one country (e.g., Basques and Romani people of Spain).

Give an explanation of how the cultural differences in the ethical norms and codes of conduct in your chosen countries might affect a public administrator’s perception of human rights within that country. Then, explain how both global governance structures and nongovernmental organizations might address these differences in ethical norms and values in order to improve human rights in that country.

Use the following outline of four separate paragraphs when completing this assignment. Be certain to Label Your Paragraphs With The Corresponding Numbers.

1. Write a summary of the two cultures within one country that you selected (e.g., Basques and Romani people of Spain). (Be sure to use in text citations from this week’s readings and any supplemental readings)

2. Write an explanation of how the cultural differences in the ethical norms and codes of conduct in your chosen countries might affect a public administrator’s perception of human rights within that country. (Be sure to use in text citations from this week’s readings and any supplemental readings)

3. Explain how global governance structures might address these differences in ethical norms and values in order to improve human rights in that country. (Be sure to use in text citations from this week’s readings and any supplemental readings)

4. Explain how nongovernmental organizations might address these differences in ethical norms and values in order to improve human rights in that country. (Be sure to use in text citations from this week’s readings and any supplemental readings)

For the above paragraphs be sure to provide specific examples and support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

C. References

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Benjamin, D. O. (2010). Rethinking nonintervention: The challenge of the UN charter and protecting the dispossessed. Public Integrity, 12(3), 201–218.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

De Schutter, O. (2012). The role of human rights in shaping international regulatory regimes. Social Research, 79(4), 785–818.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Glazer, S. (2004). Stopping genocide. CQ Researcher, 14(29), 685–708.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Twiss, S. B. (2011). Global ethics and human rights: A reflection. Journal of Religious Ethics, 39(2), 204–222.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

United Nations. (n.d-b). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Retrieved November 19, 2013, from http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Optional Resources

Nickel, J. (2012). Human rights. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Summer 2013 ed.). Retrieved from http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2013/entries/rights-human/