Lobbying for Human Rights

Politics and economy share a bond that cannot be easily separated. For many people, economy defines politics and, therefore, this bond is practically indissoluble.

However, politics extend to a much wider range.

Lobbying for human rights, promoting and protecting them, is an activity which seldom includes any direct economic profit or interests. As such, important as they may be, these policies are much more difficult to be supported. Promoting legislation which supports, for instance, offshore company activities is a much more lucrative field in comparison with the promotion of ex – felons’ social inclusion.

So, do the economic restrictions condemn lobbying for human rights to be relatively powerless?

The power of human and civil rights’ promotion relies on their popularity. Living in democratic societies, a legislation’s popularity is being translated into votes. On a purely pragmatic level, governments introduce such legislation in order to satisfy the popular demand and attract voters. As a consequence, lobbying for human rights often uses as pressing points the government’s need to impress, along with a more affective language.

This fact also underlines the significance of raising awareness as part of human rights lobbying. Society needs to be aware of the subject and actually care about it. This is, practically, what makes an issue popular.

All in all, human and civil rights’ promotion has minor economic interest. It is not supported by companies or industries and does not use this kind of profit as a lure. However, under proper preparation and handling, this type of lobbying can guarantee the consent of the majority, which is the real power in democracies.


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