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Having been the loudest voice advocating for human rights, Western governments' evasive stances on the horrifying death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi government dissident, suggest otherwise. In the light of huge economic links and political turbulence, are human rights still valued in western civilization?
The West would not honour human rights consistently if facing the risk of upsetting economic allies.
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Human rights norms were formed as political diplomacy after WW2 by the West.

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The formations of human rights in Western societies are not based on philosophical foundations and do not reflect any clear moral values anymore. They are performed as diplomatic means, to serve the purpose of political strategy and negotiated agreements.

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