Date of Award/Publication

4-2004

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in International Studies

Department

International Studies

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to study how universal human rights have emerged throughout the global community. Despite states' agreement to the principles set forth by the United Nations, the world behaves in fashions that consistently contravene the rights of individuals. This study of theory, practicality, and a case study of a particular practice, illustrates that the abuses are not only evident, but also extreme enough to warrant international attention. The problem remains though, attention in what form? This is not a paper designed to advocate that all people are ''westernized" but an explanation of an emerging theory that allows previous theories to be meshed with the practicalities of living within a culture and society. A solution which takes into account culture, individualism and universality, is not utopian. Both individual or particular cultures and universal rights can be integrated in a way that is mutually beneficial.

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