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Human Rights and International Laws

Introduction

The aim of Human Rights and International Laws is to protect all citizens from oppression and abuse, injustice, and tortures. Thus, in recent years the countries violate the International Conventions and ignore international ethical and legal codes. To compete the countries use several fallacies to ensure their position and win that political war. They justify their unlawful actions and concentration camps stating that every nation has the right to protect itself before its innocent people will be injured and humiliated. In practice, violation of human rights and International Laws breeds reciprocal abuses and more likely to lead to similar actions by other governments.

Losing control of government

Violation of human rights and international ethical and legal codes is useless because it does not help the governments to solve their problems and protect their citizens from terrorist attacks or crimes. In this case, a country should implement a protection policy aimed to secure peace and happiness. Losing control of government means at the least that their power will be severely curtailed, at most that it will be lost for good. But maintenance of a government is only part of political control since it can only operate effectively if the system of relationships around it is maintained also, which is done by the use of both rewards and punishments (After reviewing the International Covenant 2007). Violation of human rights by countries weaken the entire structure of international law and opens opportunities for other government to behave the same way.

To some extent, a violation sets a precedent and changes international laws and regulations. If the law is broken it has any value and meaning for other governments and loses its main function. The main weakness of human rights violation is a misperception of the strategic potential and real intentions provided by the adversary. Primarily, International Law has been considered as a static entity. The world’s system and human factors were not taken into account by international politics. The misuse of the International Law created misperception and misunderstanding between the USA and other countries. Unfair treatment of detainees, prisoners of war, and suspected terrorists weaken the system of international relations and strong international laws. Despite all misperceptions, other nations see the USA as the main enemy and competitor in military and political dominance that pursuit military competition. It is possible to say that some counties see International Law as an arena of competition, and take into account the influence of these changes on their politics and security (The Geneva Convention 2007).

Strategy against terrorism

In addition, the aggressive US strategy against terrorism divides the world into different camps. There can be spaces outside of this strategy where local actors can invest in and build commitments to the autonomy of law and the importance of legal expertise to decrease vulnerabilities to strategic surprise. Following Lawrence J. Fox, an expert in human rights and ethical codes, the war can create more terrorism-affected innocent people around the world. “We should all be ashamed of the wholesale evisceration of our principles in the name of national security” (Fox, 2007). One of the controversial issues of the changing international system is the question of the place and the role of nation-states within it. Violation of human rights and international ethical codes places the USA in opposition to Arabic countries (and Europe as well) providing aggressive international politics.

Summary

In sum, violation of human rights and International Laws ruin a strong system of international relations and human rights protection leading to greater confrontations between the states. The ideology, policy, and economic system of the USA are major factors that gave birth to the bipolar international system.

References

After reviewing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (2007). Web.

The Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War (2007). Web.

Lawrence J. Fox Detainee Bill Needs a Close Look. 2007.