Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BLOG ACTION DAY Human Rights: 65 year later what has changed?

When the UN set the declaration for Human rights in 1948, recognized the failure of all institutions and Government at the time, to properly guarantee them. It was necessary to propose a contract which every country in the world, should be committed to. Besides, itself also reflected a society in need to restore basic respect for civilization. A few years before, WW II had a devastating effect on key values of civilization, which it was necessary both to rescue and restore.- As time moved into the fifties, sixties and seventies, it seemed that economic progress made its way to get a wide and strong support for human rights all over the world. As Amartya Sen has said, “rights” requires first the capabilities to use them properly. Therefore, economic progress brought better living conditions, freedom and with it better access to services , goods, social mobility and upward trend in income levels. It improved the capabilities to make rights something real. After all, ignorance is self excluding concerning some rights (voting, Information, quality).- However, economic progress was heterogeneous .Some countries got an high share of it, other were left behind ,and others came on board at the end of the cycle of industrial expansion(1991), just before starting the new wave of technological development, which has lead us to the so called knowledge society.- Thus, the lasting impact of the 1948 UN declaration, could not overcome completely the political will of dictators, authoritarian regimes , nepotism and ideology. Considering the whole time span between 1948-1991, it seems that economics did better than politics, to make sure a better conditions for Human rights protection across the world. It lifted the world out of the misery of the war, poverty and indignity all over the western world . It also gave to the citizen a stronger senses of self esteem a key capability for human right claiming . With the economy transformation from industrial , manufactured production, to technology based services structures , focused on the global scale, with environment concerns on the rise, and global terrorism threat, a second stage of human rights protection is needed, and with it , an institutional framework better fitted with this century challenges .- Let check some of the up dated human rights , following this technology based society a.- The right to global sources of knowledge available in internet, twitter, and global TV.- b.-The right to have objective information and transparency, from government , non government organizations, or private entities.- c.- The right to live in a sustainable planet .- d.- The right to more reliable social networks e.-The right to good quality goods, and public services(education ,health and safety on the streets) f.-The right to have good government policies, and better institutions for markets performance.-