Western nations often criticize other countries for their poor standard of human rights. Indeed, there is a lot to improve all over the world. Nevertheless, you have to practice what you preach and more often than not the advocates of human rights need to have a look at their own country as well. I’m from the Netherlands, a country advocating human rights all over the world, but maybe we should — like other Western countries — take closer at ourselves as well. According Amnesty International there is still a lot improve.
Sanne van Oosten
By naming a site UNESCO World heritage the goal is to preserve the heritage site as it is, so future generations can enjoy it as much as possible. Paradoxically, nothing in the World could set more changes in to motion than being called World-heritage. While preserving all of the tangible heritage, a lot of the intangible heritage goes lost. The unique ambiance a place can bring about can become irreversibly replaced by a new touristic mood that could be found in touristic places all over the world. Visiting Luang Prabang in northern Laos is a good example of this.
If you are in Laos it is impossible not to notice remains of the secret war. During the war in Vietnam the United States illegally conducted 580.000 bombing mission, meaning one bombing missions every eight minutes for nine years. Laos is the world’s most heavily bombed country per capita. When the bombings ended huge parts of Laos were spread with unexploded bombs of which people are still dying. Did the United Stated take the responsibility after their illegal war and cleaned up the mess they left behind? I don’t think so. Will we make the same mistake again? Possibly.