There is global variation in human right norms

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  • There is global variation in human rights norms
    • Understanding what is meant by human rights
      • Human Rights are inherited to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, language, religion or any other status. We are all entitled to our human rights without discrimination
    • Human rights norms
      • Based on the moral principles that underpin the universally accepted standards of human behaviour
      • Human rights are protected by international law
      • Growing numbers of human rights norms, law and treaties or conventions e.g. UN Convention on the Human Rights of the Child (UNCRC). However, there is still significant variation in deaths of young children
    • Intervention
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    • Geopolitics
      • Term refers to the global balance of political power and international relations
      • Pattern of political power is closely related to economic power- wealth and international trade strength of nations and groups of nations
      • Contempory geopolitical power has a very uneven spatial distribution and is viewed from different perspectives:
        • USA is the only superpower- dominant military and politically
        • Inequalities in power between individual states depending on wealth, political strength and development.
        • There are supranational political and economic organisations such as the UN, EU, ASEAN and OPEC- exert greater geopolitical influence than their individual member states
        • globalisation effects trans-state organisations such as multi-national corporations (MNCs) have considerable influence on the countries of which they invest
      • The geopolitics of intervention in human rights issues requires an understanding of the:
        • political composition of the groups of countries and organisations that are involved in intervention
        • nature of the intervention itself
        • reasons why intervention has been deemed necessary
        • Reasons why intervention is deemed necessary
        • Characteristic features of the country, government and peoples affected
        • possible political, socio-economic and environmental consequences of intervention/global governance
        • complexity of human rights issues and their spatial patterns


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