In its latest issue, Norwegian magazine Minerva writes about Freedom Rights Project’s new report on the inflation of human rights. In a lenghty interview, Jacob Mchangama, co-founder of FRP, is asked what governments in the West and in Scandinavia should do differently compared to today, in order to protect traditional human rights.
– Western governments have a tendency to support a wider concept of human rigths because they want to avoid being viewed as reactionary or neo-colonial. They don’t want to create conflicts with other countries. The result is a culture of consensus, where the goal is unity along international standards, but during the process they move further and further away from the point of departure. My point is that liberal democracies first need to understand who they are themselves: which rights do we view as fundamental? Do we really think of 1 377 rights as fundamental, where we need to critize outher countries if they don’t uphold these rights? says Jacob Mchangama.
Read the interview here (Norwegian).