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How Human Rights can be limited by the Government

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Governments face many challenges in today's world. Trying to keep the citizens in their country safe is a fine balancing act between allowing citizens to enjoy freedoms and uphold their human rights, and the need for the security of its citizens.


Challenges government face today include:

Terrorism - the mass movement of people around the world makes national security very difficult.


Enhanced communication technology - through the use of social media, people can discuss and plan attacks online, posing a risk to national security.


Public health - with the movement of people around the world, infectious diseases can spread from country to country quickly and so this poses a risk to the health of people in each country.


How Human Rights can be limited by Governments:

  • Governments have terrorism laws that may impact on Human Rights but are necessary to prevent international terrorism.

  • The use of CCTVs may impact on Human Rights but are necessary to watch the movement of people who may be a threat to citizens' safety.

  • Surveillance of individuals' browser history and mobile phones may impact on Human Rights but are necessary to prevent a threat to security.

  • Banning travel to certain countries may impact on Human Rights but are necessary to limit the spread of infectious diseases.


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