Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros, writing in Foreign Affairs, have hit the nail on their head by overturning simplistic statements on human rights.
For a poor person in the developing world, the struggle for human rights in not an abstract fight over political freedom or over the prosecution of large-scale war crimes but a matter of daily survival. It is the struggle to avoid extortion or abuse by local police, the struggle against being forced into slavery or having land stolen, the struggle to avoid being thrown arbitrarily into an overcrowded, disease-ridden jail with little or no prospect of a fair trial.
They are spot. If democracy is to have the slightest chance of working, there must be a strong justice system in place — not just high-minded legislation to satisfy Western donors.