The Reciprocal Relationship between Economic Development and Human Rights

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The Reciprocal Relationship Between Economic Development and Human Rights Recent years and the continued spread of globalization have illuminated a frequent connection between the process of economic development and the deterioration of human rights. With trade liberalization occupying a significant role in the strategy for creating a world economy and community, concern over the erosion of such fundamental rights as those relating to labor and environmental protections have dominated the globalization debate. However, as the discussion hereafter will demonstrate, these concerns while justified and well-founded often obscure the many strands of progress facilitated by the gradual spread of economic development to the developing spheres of the world. As the research here will demonstrate, there is a positive relationship between human rights and economic development. Indeed, as the discussion here reveals, there may well even be a reciprocal relationship between these two forces. The article by Sfeir-Younis (2006) puts forth the foundational argument that there is a mutual demand for the presence of both meaningful human rights protections and economic development such that either ambition might flourish. Sfeir-Younis argues that human rights must by present in order to help a nation make the proper strides toward equitable economic development. Accordingly, the article asserts that in the absence of concerted human rights protections in a process of economic
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