Mitigating Human Rights and Security Abuses

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The international community, although faced with many obstacles, can do more to improve how people are treated in situations where human rights abuses could be occurring. Abuses against human rights have occurred for a number of years, most notably against the Jews in World War Two. A modern example where both Human security and rights have been impeded upon is in the context of the ongoing Syrian conflict. War crimes are widely known to have been perpetrated by the Syrian government and the resulting violence has left millions of Syrians displaced. The international community has been alarmed at the seeming inaction of the United Nations in response to the Crisis and feel that the international community could be doing a lot more to improve how people are treated in such situations. Methods for achieving this include increased and better directed humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping missions as well as the revolutionary process of nation building. However, progress in alleviating the situation in Syria won’t come without numerous obstacles which include the laws that govern the UN, and the inability for it to act when there are conflicting opinions in the United Nations Security Council. To understand how human rights are abused, we must first know exactly what human rights are. Amnesty International provides a useful definition saying, “Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, language, or other status.” These rights are universal and have been affirmed as such by the United Nations in its 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights which outlines things such as the right to life, and the right to marry. Despite ... ... middle of paper ... .../, Date Accessed: 15 May 2014 United Nations: Charter of the United Nations, San Francisco, 26 June 1945,, Date Accessed: 15 May 2014 United Nations, Convention on the prohibiting of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction,, Date Accessed: 15 May 2014 United Nations, Universal declaration of Human Rights,, Date Accessed: 15 May 2014 United Nations General Assembly, Resolution 260 (III), Official Records of the General Assembly, Third Session, Part I (A/810), p. 174, 1948 United Nations Security Council, Middle East situation: Syria, S/2012/77, 4 February 2012 Walter, Dorn, Human Security: An Overview,, Date Accessed: 15 May 2014

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