Cultural Relativism in the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council

International Catalan Institute for Peace, Working Paper No. 2011/3

43 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2012 Last revised: 12 Sep 2014

Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

This Working Paper aims to offer an up-to-date list of cultural relativist players and arguments with respect to human rights, constituted by China, Viet Nam, Myanmar, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Malaysia and Cuba. This working paper argues that Indonesia, Iraq, Colombia and Mexico are not in the same cultural relativist group of states maintained by renowned scholars, notably Cristina Cerna and Dianne Otto. As such, apart from this form of cultural relativism based on the respect for the self-determination of indigenous peoples and communities, this working paper exposes two different categories of radical cultural relativism based on revolutionary discourse and/or radical Islamism, as well as targets the credibility on the latter two based on the information facilitated by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Keywords: Cultural Relativism, Indigenous Rights, United Nations, Universal Periodic Review, Human Rights Council, Minority Ethnic, Human Rights, Politics and Government, Islam and Politics

Suggested Citation

Lloret-Blackburn, Roger, Cultural Relativism in the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council (September 1, 2011). International Catalan Institute for Peace, Working Paper No. 2011/3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2033134 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2033134

Roger Lloret-Blackburn (Contact Author)

Leiden University ( email )

P.O. Box 9520
2300 RA Leiden, NL-2300RA
Netherlands

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