Human rights : universality in practice
JC571 .B3213 2001
- Unknown JC571 .B3213 2001
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 170-172) and index.
- Universalism versus cultural relativism
- Gross and systematic violations
- Economic and social rights
- Collective rights : the right of self-determination
- The United Nations organs
- Regional supervisory mechanisms
- Foreign policy
- How to deal with past violations
- Non-governmental organizations
- Concluding observations.
- Publisher's Summary
- Human rights are internationally agreed values, standards, or rules regulating the conduct of states towards their own citizens as well as non-citizens. Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) a great number of international treaties and declarations have seen the light. Their implementation is deficient, however. Many states, especially in Asia, pay lip- service to the universal validity of human rights, but see their supervision as chiefly a domestic affair. In some parts of the world there are regional supervision mechanisms to which citizens can turn when domestic remedies have been exhausted. Non-governmental organizations provide reliable information about violations of human rights. International criminal tribunals, on the former Yugoslavia and on Rwanda, and truth- and-reconciliation commissions are recently established institutions which aim to implement international humanitarian and human rights law. As a political scientist, the author emphasizes the political features of human rights without ignoring, however, their legal aspects.
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- Human rights.
- Publication date
- Peter R. Baehr.
- Previously published: Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1999.