Human rights in Ethiopia and U.S foreign policy


One of the basic assumptions made in dealing with human rights is the existence of the universal norms that govern the way in which human beings ought to deal with other human beings. It is on this assumption that United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Declaration which contains principles that are supposed to apply universally to all people, at all times, and under any circumstances.

The Declaration recognizes the inherent human dignity, the equal and inalienable rights of all people as basic to freedom and justice. It pledges each government to guarantee the following rights, among others, the rights to life, liberty, personal security, the right to religious freedom, the right to freedom of expression, the right to fair trail, the right to protection from arbitrary arrest/ detention, the right to be free from torture, the right to due process of law, the right to vote and participate government, the right to peaceful assembly. When shaky governments facing problems try to clinch on their power by murdering, jailing and torturing those who don’t please their rule, it is likely to be described as violations of human rights instead of simply saying that they are barbaric, unjust, brutal, or corrupted.


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