A Change Of Policing Policy

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A Change of Policing Policy
Estonia, a small country located along the Baltic sea, is young in comparison to the United States because it fought for its independence just twenty-five years ago. A trip twenty-six years into the past in Estonia would find every person under communist rule and in dire need of a change of civil rights policy. This position was common among the Soviet Bloc countries up until it disbanded. People in these post-soviet countries desperately fought for better human rights. They are now being rewarded; human rights in countries previously under soviet rule are improving greatly. Human rights apply to all humans, even those in prison systems throughout the soviet
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People in these trying conditions can, as of recently, experience a humane time in prison systems and even avoid it altogether in some cases, like the rights the United States boasts. United States citizens generally also have the right to vote due to their democratic government, and many post-soviet citizens are now able to boast the same. Voting in these places is a hard-fought right. Rachel Denber, Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division of the Human Rights Watch organization, writes about the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and about the expectations involved. Many people immediately thought that without communism in the ex-union the governments would immediately turn to democracy. Those people were wrong because communism still ruled unfortunately (Denber 1). Any entity opposing those in power was effectively countered, and in many cases imprisoned for trumped up charges. Newer politicians developed to try to swing the system towards democracy, but initially failed. Putin has surprisingly been in power for a over twenty-five years with no political opposition, but fortunately there are now countries within this category that have developed their own systems of government to include democracy. Denber says that in Ukraine the “Orange revolution” of 2004 ousted the government’s manipulations and put Viktor Yushchenko into power through sequential democratic elections. A similar revolution in Georgia, the “Rose Revolution” of 2003, led to a
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