The Internet and social media have become increasingly important in political
activity. Blogging, video-sharing and tweeting were crucial in the political
events in North Africa and the Middle East in 2011. They are important to human
rights defenders everywhere. But the use of these new technologies to assert old
freedoms has been met with repression by some governments. Every person has
dignity and value. One of the ways that we recognise the fundamental worth of
every person is by acknowledging and respecting their human rights.
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex,
nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights
include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom
of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.
Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.
Social media is a collective term for websites and applications that focus on
communication, community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and
The rights that involve participation in the establishment or administration of
a government and are usually held to entitle the adult citizen to exercise the
franchise, the holding of public office, and other political activities.
Social Media's Role To Change In Political And Human Rights
Social media plays an important role in the changing of human and political
rights. Social media informs the citizens about their social and political
rights. Social media provides a platform to raise the voice against their human
and political rights. Social media plays a crucial role in exposing and naming
and shaming human rights violators to help bring about the change. Media freedom
has been severely restricted in many countries where it can be dangerous for
reporters to undertake their work. Social media creates awareness about the
concept and importance of human rights. Social media should place an ethical
role at all levels and in all parts of the country and the world.
Social media also helps to run campaigns for human rights. With the help of
social media many people know about their political and human rights. Social
media also helps to defend or protect human rights.
Social Media And Politics
Social media is known for the fourth pillar of democracy. Though it arrived
late, it changed the world order. Social media acts as an agent to encourage the
people to fight for injustice. Social media helps the people to raise their
voice against injustice. Social media promotes social activism in people who
would otherwise be Apolitical . Many social media forums encourage the people to
join the political events against the injustice in the society. Social media is
free from all the restrictions. Social media helps the people to enjoy the
freedom of speech and expression.
In recent examples we can see people raise their voice against injustice.
Nirbhaya Rape Case
We can see thousands of people raise their voice against the injustice in the
social media. Thousands of tweets were tweeted on social media. Many people have
shared their views on social media. Social media also helps to get her justice
and raise her voice. Social media also pressurizes the government to improve
their policy or work. After the Nirbhaya criminal law was amended by the
governments. Social media helps a lot to change politics.
Mee Too Campaign
We can also see in the campaign many people raise their voice on social media
and share their Harassment incident on social media. Social media unveiled that
side of the story which was underlying and out of the sight. Social media helps
to unveil those involved and takes a responsibility to make the untold and
unheard stories to a larger audience. Social media plays an active role in
In recent days we can also say that farm protests and social media plays an
important role in the protest. During the farm protest people knew about their
political and civil rights. Social media awards the people their political
Awareness About Political And Human Rights
Social media makes people think about their rights. It also helps to raise the
voice against injustice. Social media plays a major role in the worldwide change
of political and human rights. With the help of social media people can directly
raise their issues without any problem. Social media also helps the people to
enjoy their freedom of speech and expression. Social media helps the people to
enhance their knowledge about human rights.
Enhance Knowledge About The Political And Human Rights
Social media plays a major role in enhancing knowledge about political and human
rights. It also helps the people to organize a seminar or workshop for the
awareness of human rights. With the help of social media, a large number of
people join the seminar or workshop. Social media also gives the platform to
many social activists to express or share their views.
Racism In The United States
Racism is one of the biggest issues in the United States. Human and political
rights are violated due to racism. Social media helps the people to raise their
voice and get justice. On social media, students are sharing their views and
experiences about racism. Thousands of students from colleges and universities
with a majority white population have used anonymous instagram accounts to share
their experience dealing with racism on their respective campuses.
Social Media And Human Rights
Social media can report more freely on human rights issues in a country.
Historically, the society has relied on traditional media to bring human rights
issues to the public's attention. By publicizing human rights violations, the
media has helped elicit reactions and positive changes.
However, this reporting by the traditional media is greatly regulated by legal
obstacles that sometimes make it impossible to address human rights violations
by the incumbent government. Social media can exploit the lack of regulations to
highlight human rights issues.
Social media plays a more role in the changing of the law about the LBTQ
community. Social media helps the people to know about their rights. With the
help of social media LGBTQ community raises their voice. Social media helps the
community to get their human and political rights. Many people tweet about their
rights on social media. In Navtej singh johar v. union of india , Hon'ble
supreme court gives certain rights to the LGBTQ community. Social media plays an
important role in this case.
Right To Equality
Social media helps to get equal political and human rights to every person.
Social media helps to get equal rights for men and women. People on social media
start writing about the equal rights of men and women. Right to equality is one
of the major changes in political and human rights. Nowadays equality is
important between men and women. Social media also helps to promote the right to
Right Of Prisoners
Social media also helps the prisoners for their rights. Inhuman behavior with
prisoners is a very common and major problem of society. Sometimes even
prisoners did not get the sufficient amount of food. Harssement with the
prisoners were on peak, even sometimes prisoners were forced to commit suicide.
With the help of social media prisoners will get certain rights in the prison.
Social media helps the prisoners to know about their rights. Nowadays, prisoners
also have certain political and human rights. Prisoners will also be treated
with humanity. They also have the right to get healthy food. Social media also
helps to promote the rights of prisoners and also helps to raise the voice of
Social media is very important for human and political rights. It helps to raise
the voice against injustice. With the help of social media many numbers of human
rights have been changed. It also helps to promote the ideas related to human
and political rights. Social media also provides a platform to educate people
about their political and human rights. Social media provides the freedom of
speech and expression about their views related to human and political rights.
Award Winning Article Is Written By:
- Mr.Tarun Goyal
(BA.LL.B. 8 Sem.) &
- Mr.Harkirat Singh (BBA.LL.B. 8 Sem.) - Geeta Institute of Law
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