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Human Rights: Advancing the Frontier of Emancipation

  • Kathryn SikkinkEmail author
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Abstract

Amidst bleak prognostications about the future, the human rights movement offers a beacon of hope for securing a livable world. The movement’s universality, supranationalism, and expanding emancipatory potential serve as inspiration and guide for the larger project of global transformation. The sweeping vision embodied in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights has experienced constant renewal and steadfast legitimacy in the tumultuous postwar world. It has been a foundation for the pursuit of supranational governance and an antidote to the notion that the ends justify the means. The human rights movement, despite its imperfections, has a key role to play in the transformational change in human values crucial to building a just, flourishing future.

Keywords

Human rights Sovereignty Universal Declaration of Human Rights United Nations Supranationalism Universalism Civil rights 

References

  1. Sikkink, Kathryn. 2017. Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Sikkink, Kathryn. 2011. The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.Google Scholar
  3. Krasner, Stephen. 1999. Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Society for International Development 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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