Human Rights, Southern Voices: Francis Deng, Abdullahi An-Na'im, Yash Ghai and Upendra Baxi

Human Rights, Southern Voices: Francis Deng, Abdullahi An-Na'im, Yash Ghai and Upendra Baxi

by William Twining
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Cambridge University Press

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Human Rights, Southern Voices: Francis Deng, Abdullahi An-Na'im, Yash Ghai and Upendra Baxi

A just international order and a healthy cosmopolitan discipline of law need to include perspectives that take account of the standpoints, interests, concerns, and beliefs of non-Western people and traditions. The dominant scholarly and activist discourses about human rights have developed largely without reference to these other viewpoints. Claims about universality sit uneasily with ignorance of other traditions and parochial or ethnocentric tendencies. The object of this book is to make accessible the ideas of four jurists who present distinct 'Southern' perspectives on human rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521113212
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Series: Law in Context Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction William Twining 1

2 Francis Mading Deng 4

2.1 Introduction 4

Readings 9

2.2 The Cow and the Thing Called "What": Dinka Cultural Perspectives on Wealth and Poverty 9

2.3 Human rights, universalism and democracy 30

(a) Traditional institutions and participatory democracy in Africa 30

(b) Globalisation and localisation of democracy in the African context 33

(c) Universalism versus relativism in cultural contextualization of human rights 36

(d) Cultural constraints on the universality of human rights 39

(e) Dinka moral values and human rights principles 42

2.4 A cultural approach to human rights among the Dinka 44

2.5 Suggestions for further reading 52

3 Abdullahi An-Na'im 53

3.1 Introduction 53

Readings 58

3.2 Context and methodology: the Second Message of Islam 58

3.3 Shari'a and basic human rights concerns 62

3.4 Cultural legitimation: Towards a cross-cultural approach to defining international standards of human rights: The meaning of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment 79

3.5 Islam and the secular state 91

(a) Why Muslims need a secular state 91

(b) Islam, Shari'a, and constitutionalism: non-Muslims 94

(c) Audiences 96

(d) Inclusive public debate 97

(e) Secularism in context 98

3.6 Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) 98

3.7 Suggestions for further reading 102

4 Yash Ghai 104

4.1 Introduction 104

Readings 109

4.2 Universalism and relativism: human rights as a framework for negotiating interethnic claims 109

Introduction 109

(a) Relativism: a critical assessment 113

(b) Generalizations from national studies 115

4.3 Understandinghuman rights in Asia 120

4.4 Quotations 150

(a) The Asian values debate 150

(b) Confucianism 151

(c) Hong Kong's Basic Law 151

(d) The nature of economic, social, and cultural rights 152

(e) The Justiciability of economic, social, and cultural rights 152

(f) Poverty and human rights 154

(g) Post-modernism, globalization, and the nation state 155

4.5 Suggestions for further reading 156

5 Upendra Baxi 157

5.1 Introduction 157

Readings 162

5.2 Voices of suffering and the future of human rights 162

5.3 Rights and "development" 204

(a) "Development", "terror" and the posthuman world 204

(b) Gandhi and development 207

(c) Time and development: The Millennium Development Goals 208

5.4 Suggestions for further reading 210

6 Conclusion William Twining 211

Bibliography 222

Index 231

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