Human Rights and Nation-Building in Cross-Cultural Settings
30 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2012
Date Written: March 1, 2012
In a world of diverse cultural traditions that is simultaneously distinguished by the widespread universalist claim that “human rights extend in theory to every person on earth without discriminations irrelevant to merit,” the question unavoidably arises: when, in human rights decision-making, are cultural differences to be respected and when are they not? This essay addresses this issue and provides a methodology for achieving just and respectful results. The essay is derived from an earlier, somewhat longer, version published as “The Universality of Human Rights in a Multicultured World: Toward Respectful Decision-Making,” in The Future of International Human Rights (Burns H. Weston & Stephen P. Marks eds., 1999).
Keywords: Human Rights, Nation-Building, Cross-Cultural Settings, Public Order
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