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Submitted by CTB on
I think that Shanta's explanation that concern for human rights is neither necessary nor sufficient for human development is very useful. As Shanta says, there are several examples of countries that do well on human development indicators but are represive when it comes to freedom of speech, freedom of association, etc. I think we do a disservice to human right activists when we anchor arguments on wrong premises. Human rights are a key ingredient of human wellbeing. To say that people's human rights are taken care of just because they have free education or access to water is simply wrong. This is precisely the argument on which many brutal dictatorships are built.