Human Rights,Globalism and Cultural Values: Universality and the Nation State
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights created moral obligations for States that were signatories to it. The concept of universality has, however, clashed with arguments contending that local cultures will be affected by a value system that is not appropriate for differing cultures within Nation States. It is argued in this paper that this represents a misunderstanding of the universality concept and that, rather than being a threat to local cultures, universal human rights empowers them. The argument made against universal human rights is frequently made by those who claim to speak for those who are often allowed no voice within nationalist discourse. The rights of global citizens and the conflict lines within nation states are examined from a human rights perspective within the context of globalism. Examples of these conflicts are examined within different cultural contexts.
Keywords: Human Rights, Nationalism, Culture
Dr. John Betton
Professor of management, College of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin -La Crosse