The Effects Of Free Trade On Economic And Social Human Rights

1371 WordsFeb 21, 20166 Pages
Free trade can be defined as the abolition of trade barriers and trade restrictions, and the encouragement of international trade. Free trade gives countries the ability to trade with markets that would have previously been unavailable, thus integrating and diversifying economies (Borghard, 2006, pg. 161). Free trade in practice, has negative and positive consequences for workers as well as consumers. While free trade agreements stimulate and build economies, this is often done at the expense of the very workers who work tirelessly to make a living and build the economy. This paper will discuss the positive and negative consequences of free trade on economic and social human rights. This paper will also outline whether or not sweatshops have a positive or negative impact in the lives of workers. It would be ineffective to fully discuss free trade without also discussing sweatshops, as sweatshops in numerous nations are impacted immensely by the effects of free trade. This paper will discuss the positive and negative affects of free trade and sweatshops in the lives of workers. While this paper will outline both sides of each argument in depth, but the belief that global free trade has more negative consequences will be the opinion believed by the author of this paper. The right of an individual to work is outlined in many articles within the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. The rights outlined in the international covenant are
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