Human Rights Violation

15 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2016

Date Written: February 26, 2016

Abstract

Human rights encompass an articulation of the need for people to be treated in a just, decent and humane way regardless of their ethnic, religious or racial profile. Human rights violation involve denying human beings their basic moral entitlements. Some examples of human rights violations, also called “crimes against humanity,” include genocide, torture, rape, slavery, wanton starvation and medical experimentation among others. These violations have been part of human history and only in the last century has a universal consensus emerged that they are unconditionally wrong. Perpetrators of human rights violations range from governments, corporations, and organized crime rings to communities and individuals. There are numerous underlying causes that drive people to commit human rights violations. There is a temptation to view human rights violations in a one-dimensional construct encompassing the very simplistic spectrum of evil versus good. The first part of this paper examines the view that “human rights violators are not necessarily just evil but may also be themselves forced into modes of behaviour by external circumstances.” Human rights violations are as a result of inherent evil nature of perpetrators, arguing that there are other environmental based and biological factors that drive people to commit such crimes. The second part of the paper looks at the extent to which fear of the “other” induces the desire to commit war crimes against a perceived rival group.

Suggested Citation

Ekpa, Simon, Human Rights Violation (February 26, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2738447 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2738447

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