Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Andrew Clapham

By Andrew Clapham

From the debatable incarceration of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, to the brutal ethnic detoxing being practiced in Darfur, to the frequent denial of equivalent rights to girls in lots of parts of the area, human rights violations are a continuing presence within the information and in our lives. Taking a global viewpoint, and concentrating on hugely topical matters similar to torture, arbitrary detention, privateness, overall healthiness, and discrimination, this Very brief creation can help readers to appreciate for themselves the controversies and complexities at the back of this vitally appropriate factor. the philosophical justification for rights, the old origins of human rights and the way they're shaped in legislations, Andrew Clapham explains what our human rights truly are, what they may be, and the place the human rights circulation is heading.

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Abdullahi An-Na'im has pointed out that 'the only representatives of non-Western countries in that committee were Chang Peng-Chung of China and Charles Habib Malik of Lebanon. ' But An-Na'im's point is not that greater participation by non-Western diplomats would have produced a radically different document. An-Na'im wants to stress that it was unlikely that 'those representatives could reasonably have identified with, and genuinely represented 43 their indigenous cultural traditions at the time of the drafting and adoption of the Universal Declaration and the Covenants'.

The H. G. Wells paperback; the Allies are said to have dropped the Declaration behind enemy lines. Wells's Declaration of Rights was widely distributed and translated into not only European languages but also into Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Gujerati, Hausa, Swahili, Yoruba, Zulu, and Esperanto 30 Wells expressed the concern that laws were being passed that were disproportionate to the threats posed by traitors and foreigners (see Box 5). Interestingly, these concerns are remarkably relevant to present-day debates about terrorists, refugees, and others.

The story centres on Brigitte, who, following an argument with her German teacher (over the absence of logic in German grammar), drives through Paris to buy a bottle of wine from Fauchon. She wanted to park but found it impossible: rows of cars parked bumper to bumper lined the pavements for a radius of half a mile; after circling round and round for fifteen minutes, she was overcome with indignant astonishment at the total lack of space; she drove the car onto the pavement, got out and set out for the store.

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