As democracy has been an interesting point of debate worldwide and how certain populations may be ready or not ready for it, I decided to write this post to discuss if democracy or human rights maybe correlated with imperialism.
According to the human rights act, in a democratic society an individual should have the right to a fair trial, right to respect for private and family life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association. (Articles 6, 8, 9, 10&11)
Let us take a country like North Korea, Afghanistan, Syria or Saudi Arabia as an example of the worst countries as human rights offenders, if we did force democracy and human rights to be applied in one of those countries would it be considered as imperialism?
For the past decades it has been proven that human beings are equal regardless of sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status! So you can find the good and the bad in each and every category of those mentioned above. So, in countries like Saudi Arabia where women are deprived from most of their rights; as well as everyone being deprived from expressing his thoughts or even granted the freedom of religion and faith; if we applied the human rights act there, will it be considered as imperialism?
From the other side those countries do not believe in human rights as they are against their believes, traditions, politics etc… so we will not be making a valid point by asking them to embrace western standards of human rights which is against their religion – imperialism –.
When it comes to homosexuality, according to scientific researches there are homosexuals because of psycho-social related issues or because of a biological issue, but both of them are untreatable – as it is not a disease as it was understood in the past –. Homosexuality does exist in every country, in every city within human beings and animals. So, for homosexuals who were born in any of the countries mentioned above, don’t they have the right to live the life they want as long as they are not harming anyone? does anybody believe that there is a country on earth that doesn’t contain even 1 atheist or 1 gay person? It is the same case just as women rights and by the end of the day the question remains, should that be considered as imperialism?
By today there are 67 countries still maintain the death penalty in both law and practice some of them apply it for murderers only while some others may sentence a human being to death over adultery or changing his religion. 90 countries abided by the human rights act and abolished the death penalty completely while 11 countries retain it, but only for crimes committed in exceptional circumstances (such as crimes committed in time of war). The death penalty was condemned by the human rights act as it cannot be rectified if the accused person was innocent and it did happen a lot that after someone was sentenced to a death penalty it appeared that he/she was innocent! So the conclusion was that no one should take from a human being the right of living even for murderers.
By asking on twitter “What do you think if a country asked Saudi Arabia to embrace human rights in exchange for their economic relations?” and the answers came 50/50. One side defended imperialism by arguing that a country which would force such a thing is good as it refuses to do business with a country that doesn’t respect human rights, while the other side argued that it is the country itself that should choose its standards.
In conclusion it is still a long debate to know the how to and the consequences of applying the human rights act worldwide. I hope everyone reads this participate with his/her believe regarding this issue maybe we can reach something better.