Today is Blog Action Day and this year they are highlighting the issue of human rights. We’ve decided to look at the impact globalisation is having on human rights worldwide.
Now that it is increasingly easy for businesses to sell or manufacture their products in countries all across the globe, there are new challenges involving the protection of human rights.
A big company operating abroad does not always equal good news for the societies in which they enter. They might cause harm by either directly or indirectly abusing the human rights of the people who work to create their products.
Despite the common practice of outsourcing abroad, there are very few international measures in place to prevent human rights violations by corporations. Sadly, this means that often the most vulnerable people in the world are most at risk of this happening to them.
The government of every country has a responsibility to its citizens to prevent human rights violations by individuals or companies, but in many countries the ruling bodies cannot be relied upon to do this effectively. Respect for the human rights of employees should be the basic minimum standard globally but it is difficult to enforce.
Amnesty International does a lot of great work in asking companies to respect human rights across the globe and for this reason we ask that you support them any way you can.