Human Rights: Universality in Practice

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Peter R. Baehr discusses the political features and legal aspects of human rights. Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, a great number of international treaties and declarations have seen the light. Non-governmental organizations provide reliable information about violations of human rights. In some parts of the world there are regional supervision mechanisms citizens can turban to when domestic remedies have been exhausted. International criminal tribunals, on the former ...

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Overview

Peter R. Baehr discusses the political features and legal aspects of human rights. Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, a great number of international treaties and declarations have seen the light. Non-governmental organizations provide reliable information about violations of human rights. In some parts of the world there are regional supervision mechanisms citizens can turban to when domestic remedies have been exhausted. International criminal tribunals, on the former Yugoslavia and on Rwanda, and truth and reconciliation commissions have been established to implement international humanitarianism and human rights law. However, for many international treaties and declarations, implementation is deficient. Many states, especially in Asia, pay lip service to the universal validity of human rights, but see their supervision as a chiefly domestic affair.

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A political scientist, Baehr human rights, Utrecht U. and Leiden U. commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by investigating the extent to which human rights are universal in general, with details about a number of specific places. He emphasizes the political aspects without neglecting their legal nature. The treatise is translated from the Dutch , published in Amsterdam. Most of the text is new, but nearly half is revised from parts of his published in a second edition in 1996. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333968567
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter R. Baehr is Professor Emeritus of Human Rights, Utrecht University and Leiden University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Universalism versus Cultural Relativism 9
3 Gross and Systematic Violations 20
4 Economic and Social Rights 32
5 Collective Rights: the Right of Self-Determination 42
6 The United Nations Organs 57
7 Regional Supervisory Mechanisms 72
8 Foreign Policy 84
9 How to Deal with Past Violations 102
10 Non-Governmental Organizations 114
11 Concluding Observations 130
Appendix Universal Declaration of Human Rights 134
Notes 140
Bibliography 170
Index 173
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