The Soviet Fall and the Arab Spring | Human Rights Watch

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Economy and Resources, Geography, History, Human Rights, International, Journalism, Language, Politics, Region

With the events of the Arab Spring, now is a good time to take stock of some lessons learned from 20 years of efforts to bring better human rights protections to former Soviet Union countries. Were our assumptions faulty? What could be done better, or differently, to promote human rights during tectonic societal shifts? Does the exercise have relevance beyond the region, particularly given the upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa?

The differences between 1991 and the 2011 Arab uprisings are vast, of course. But my 20 years at Human Rights Watch have given me a few ideas about what has to happen after the revolution to make change stick.

via The Soviet Fall and the Arab Spring | Human Rights Watch.

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