Human Rights: Social Justice in the Age of the Market by Koen De Feyter PDF

Human Rights

By Koen De Feyter

Koen De Feyter, who has chaired Amnesty International's operating team on financial, social and cultural rights, indicates the numerous ways that rampant marketplace economics in latest global results in violations of human rights. He questions how some distance the present-day overseas human rights method relatively presents powerful safeguard opposed to the hostile results of globalization. This available and thought-provoking publication indicates either human rights activists and contributors within the anti-globalization circulation that there's a huge, yet hitherto untapped, overlap of their agendas, and actual strength for a strategic alliance among them in joint campaigns round matters they percentage.

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The NGO human rights movement was able to develop in the West only, and focused almost exclusively on civil and political rights. Legal arguments were found to support the split. Civil and political rights were justiciable because they entailed immediate, negative obligations with little resource implications. Economic, social and cultural rights were policy prescriptions only, because they represented long-term aspirations and were heavily dependent on the availability of resources. The decision to separate the two sets of rights held the international human rights effort in a deadlock for decades.

The decision to separate the two sets of rights held the international human rights effort in a deadlock for decades. No progress was achieved for the duration of the Cold War. Those sharing the ideology of one bloc but living in the other were deprived of human rights protection. In the South, human rights were associated with the security and economic agendas of the North. The split isolated human rights from development efforts, as resource levels were not deemed to be important to the one category of rights that really mattered.

Such global alliances are in turn essential in moving towards downward accountability in a context where decisions are taken at many levels. Nevertheless, the current international human rights regime still depends on constructive dialogue and cooperation. When a state fails to cooperate, and has sufficient capacity to resist diplomatic pressure, the human rights regime offers ritual condemnation at best. Those looking for a more muscular approach may look beyond the human rights regime to the UN Security Council.

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