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Rethinking the Politics of Rights

Rethinking the Politics of Rights

| November 2019
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Many international human rights advocates have long assumed that rights are natural, universal, indivisible, and absolute–or, as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights puts it, recognition of the “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

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Sources of Firepower for Weaponized Rights

Sources of Firepower for Weaponized Rights

| November 2019
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“Rights” are often portrayed as things that are universal, apolitical, inherent, or natural, and as ends in themselves. But what if “rights” are mere rhetoric, a mobilizing device that can be used in service of any political aim, however liberal or illiberal it may be?

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Ruling by Rights: Rule Making and Embedded Normativity

Ruling by Rights: Rule Making and Embedded Normativity

| November 2019
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Clifford Bob’s Rights as Weapons offers a gripping description of the manifold ways people use rights-claims to attain strategic goals. In addition to using rights-claims to expand freedom and prosperity, Bob demonstrates they can also be deployed as “camouflage” or “dynamite,” in the service of narrow interests or to play groups against one another.

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Sri Lanka 2.0: Independent Inquiry Shows UN “Systemic Failure” in Myanmar

Sri Lanka 2.0: Independent Inquiry Shows UN “Systemic Failure” in Myanmar

| July 2019
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A recent independent inquiry into the involvement of the UN in Myanmar from 2010 to 2018 assigns collective responsibility for the atrocities committed during the 2017 Rohingya crisis to both the UN civil service and UN member states.

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