Human Rights Violations in Russia

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Marina Kumskova
Professor Austin LaGrone
ENG 101
April 15, 2013

Human Rights violation’s in the Russian Federation. There is no single, universally accepted definition of democracy. In fact, there is no universal model of what democracy should be. The emphasis varies in accordance with the history of a country, its culture and the strength of its civil society, and conditions under which democratic institutions were introduced. One consequence is that countries that use the term “democratic” to describe their governing systems can range from Western European nations to China and the former Soviet Union to autocracies in the Middle East and Latin America. Democratic systems can be minimalist democracies in which the citizens mainly do not have the right to vote but enjoy few other freedoms. Other are the democracies that would expand the conception of democracy to full participation in all civic institutions. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “recognition of the dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”. Speaking of the Eastern Europe, one can trace the development from minimalist democracy to dictatorships. The most popular example of dictatorship in the Eastern Europe is Belarus. The US Department of State repeatedly criticized the regime enacted by Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has been steadily consolidating his power through authoritarian means. Belarus has been called “ the last remaining dictatorship in the heart of Europe” by the US Secretary of State. The UN Human Rights Council 2007 Report notes that “the situation of human rights in Belarus constantly deteriorated” ( Severin, 2007, p.7 ). Is Belarus the only dictatorship in the Eastern Europe? Russia seems to have changed radically in the last few years.…...

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