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Volume :29 Issue : 4 2001      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The West and Human Rights within a Changing International Discourse

Auther : Ghanim Al-Najjar

The present study explores the western relationship with human rights both as a concept and practice during the period of last 50 years. It concentrates on the western approach to and treatment of human rights especially with its rise as a major issue in the international arena, and the end of the bi-polar international system which, as a result, emphasized a trend for democratic governance and respect for human rights. The study attempts to examine a hypothesis, which concludes that human rights are basically western creation. The study also is an attempt to explain the observable contradiction between the western foreign policy practices which do not necessarily abide by human rights, norms and the announced policy that claims full commitment to human rights. The study concludes that even with the original theoretical contribution to human rights, the practices are not reflected in such contributions. This could be seen for example through the hesitant and opposing role of the US and the UK against the Universal Declaration of Human rights.

Keywords: Western Thoughts, Human Rights, UN, International Organization, Civil Society - Non Governmental Organizations.

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