Human Rights: Are They Universal or a Reflection of Western Values Imposed on Non-Western Peoples and their Societies? Introduction One of the most controversial issues in the modern discussion of human rights is the question of the degree to which human rights in the globalized context reflect western values and/or represent an improper imposition of western cultural models on non-western peoples and their societies. This essay will explore this question with reference to contemporary debates over such issues as “Asian values” vs. “western values”, women’s rights and the use of human rights as a tool of western imperial power. The thesis will be argued that non-western critics have a legitimate argument in their broad contention that...The end:
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