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Author Whelan, Daniel J.

Title Indivisible human rights : a history / Daniel J. Whelan.

Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2010]


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 UniM Bail  323.09 WHEL    AVAILABLE
Physical description 269 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Pennsylvania studies in human rights
Pennsylvania studies in human rights.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Indivisible, Interdependent, and Interrelated Human Rights -- 2. Antecedents of the Universal Declaration -- 3. International Guarantees and State Responsibility before the Universal Declaration -- 4. From Declaration to Covenant -- 5. Including Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights -- 6. Division of the Covenant -- 7. Indivisibility as Postcolonial Revisionism: 1952-1968 -- 8. Indivisibility as Economic Justice: 1968-1986 -- 9. Indivisibility as Restoration: 1986-2009 -- 10. Indivisible Human Rights: Past and Future.
Summary "Morsink asserts that all people have human rights simply by virtue of being born into the human family and that we can know these rights without the aid of experts. He shows how the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights grew out of Enlightenment principles honed by a shared revulsion at the horrors of the Holocaust." "Critically explores the anatomy of the human rights movement in East Africa, examining its origins, challenges, and emergent themes in the context of political transitions in the region. In particular, the book seeks to understand the political and normative challenges that face this young but vibrant civil society in the vortex of globalization." "Human rights activists frequently claim that human rights are indivisible, and the United Nations has declared the indivisibility, interdependency and interrelatedness of these rights to be beyond dispute. Yet in practice a significant divide remains between the two grand categories of human rights: civil and political rights, on the one hand, and economic, social, and cultural rights, on the other. To date, few scholars have critically examined how the notion of indivisibility has shaped the complex relationship between these two sets of rights." "In Indivisible Human Rights, Daniel J. Whelan offers a carefully crafted account of the rhetoric of indivisibility. Whelan traces the political and historical development of the concept, which originated in the contentious debates surrounding the translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into binding treaty law as two separate Covenants on Human Rights. In the 1960s and 1970s, Whelan demonstrates, postcolonial states employed a revisionist rhetoric of indivisibility to elevate economic and social rights over civil and political rights, eventually resulting in the declaration of a right to development. By the 1990s, the rhetoric of indivisibility had shifted to emphasize restoration of the fundamental unity of human rights and reaffirm the obligation of states to uphold both major categories--- thus opening the door to charges of human rights violations resulting from underdevelopment and poverty." "As Indivisible Human Rights illustrates, the rhetoric of indivisibility has frequently been used to further political ends that have little to do with promoting the rights of the individual. Drawing on scores of original documents, many of them long forgotten, Whelan lets the players in this drama speak for themselves, revealing the conflicts and compromises behind a half century of human rights discourse. Indivisible Human Rights will be welcomed by scholars and practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding the realization of human rights."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Human rights -- History.
Social rights -- History.
ISBN 9780812242409 (hardcover : alk. paper)