December 18, 2014 12:24 Human rights has been a primary issue of 2014. The North Korean case is one of many. Other cases around the globe remind us that developing an understanding of human rights and the institutional application of related international conventions and norms is an evolutionary, not revolutionary, process.How to facilitate the evolutionary process for North Koreans is a task for 2015.In January, Nigeria established a law that criminalizes homosexuality with a prison term of up to 14 years and bans a basic civil right to freedom of association. Even membership in a gay rights group is forbidden. Such government action was in direct opposition to the growing body of human rights norms that recognize and protect the rights of homosexuals since the late 2000s.International norms and legal mechanisms regarding human rights, as well as their interpretation and application to actual cases, are ever-evolving. The rights of sexual minorities are one current example, and most countries are either unfamiliar with or explicitly opposed to such rights. New or “young” norms require active advocacy and time for adaptation and adoption.In April, heavily armed Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria stormed a government-run boarding school in town of Chibok and kidnapped… Read full this story
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