This is an innovative collection that brings together two issues that are not always related: measures to reduce poverty, and respect in practice for human rights. Most of the contributors are from Latin America--a region characterized by terrible human rights violations, and the co-existence of relative wealth alongside immense absolute inequality. Law, they argue, is no panacea for the intractable problem of poverty. Instead it can be an indispensable basis for social mobilization, which, in turn can be strengthened by socially engaged and critical social science. Paying particular attention to indigenous peoples, the contributors explore their struggles against poverty, and the relatively new notion of the right to development.
About the Author
Willemvan Genugten is Professor of International Law at Tilburg University and Professor of Human Rights at Nijmegen University. Camillo Perez-Bustillo is Research Professor at the State of Mexico campus of the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Table of Contents
Preface - Camilo Perez-BustilloPart 1: Citizenship, Democracy and Participation: Contemporary Challenges and New Paradigms 1. Expansion of citizenship and democratic construction - Eduardo S. Bustelo 2. Human rights: a new paradigm - Patricia Helena Massa Arzabe 3. Natural history and social history: limits and urgent priorities which condition the exercise of human rights - Juan Antonio BlancoPart 2: The Vicious Circles of Poverty 4. Poverty and human rights in the light of the philosophy and contributions of Father Joseph Wresinski - Marco Aurelio Ugarte Ochoa 5. The promotion of economic, social and cultural rights as a formula to face poverty: the case of Panama - Maribel Gordon C.Part 3: Indigenous Struggles against Poverty 6. Indigenous peoples and mega projects: hydroelectric dams in the land of the Pehuenches in the Highlands of the Bio Bio River, Chile. Utopias of development and human rights - Claudio Gonzalez-Parra 7. Human rights, poverty and indigenous peoples' struggles in the Americas: new directions and case studies from Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua - Camilo Perez-Bustillo 8. Indigenous poverty and social mobilisation - Luiz Hernandez NavarroPart 4: Solutions from a Human Rights Perspective 9. Poverty and social justice in Latin America: economic and social rights and the material conditions necessary to render them effective - Hector Gros Espiell 10. The right to development as a programming tool for development co-operation - Patrick van Weerelt 11. The human rights challenge to global poverty - Chris Jochnick Conclusion: Human rights as source of inspiration and instrument for the eradication of extreme poverty: the need for an integrated economic, political and legal approach - Willem van Genugten and Camilo Perez-Bustillo