Rich Na­tions’ Re­spon­si­bil­ity

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When we look at the world­wide is­sues, it seems quite ap­pro­pri­ate to cre­ate a man­i­festo of the rights to food151 in the face of star­va­tion, which en­tails some re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on the part of the so-called su­per­pow­ers, who spend so many re­sources on weapons of de­struc­tion.

It will have to be rec­og­nized that many of the poorer in­hab­i­tants of the world will not be able to ex­er­cise their man­i­festo rights for some time, due in part to the un­will­ing­ness of peo­ple in the de­vel­oped lands to rec­og­nize cor­rel­a­tive du­ties.152

Kieran Cronin rightly pointed out that the ma­jor­ity of the in­hab­i­tants of the Third World coun­tries do not have the abil­ity to en­joy ba­sic goods through their own ef­forts, and are not in a po­si­tion to make ef­fec­tive claims against those in a priv­i­leged po­si­tion.

For ex­am­ple, there are sev­eral kinds of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Myan­mar such as re­li­gious free­dom re­stric­tion and forced labors. This is needed to claim for re­li­gious free­dom, that hu­man rights should be claim-rights. Cronin said, “There is

one fur­ther as­sump­tion that must be made: for hu­man rights to be truly claim-rights and thus to have a strict cor­rel­a­tiv­ity with du­ties im­posed on named in­di­vid­u­als and groups, there must be a wide­spread ac­cep­tance of the nor­ma­tive re­la­tion­ship

stem­ming from one’s shar­ing in a com­mon hu­man­ity.”153

It is im­por­tant that the world should not keep si­lence re­gard­ing the cri­sis of other coun­tries, es­pe­cially those con­tain­ing the op­pressed and per­se­cuted. There is need of a global move­ment for world free­dom.

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