Insurrections and the Cooptation of Human Rights Language
Whittier Law School
UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, Forthcoming
In this essay, I argue that the current international human rights discourse is by its nature an exclusionary and selective one. By privileging certain types of human rights over others, current international human rights law alleviates state responsibility to ensure human dignity at the most basic levels, such as adequate and meaningful access to food, water and shelter for all. Moreover, human rights rhetoric has been corrupted, coopted and poisoned by its utilization to justify neo-imperialist projects that use military force to ensure easy access to Middle Eastern natural resources, specifically oil and water. Current rhetoric of human rights is simply inadequate to address the realities on the ground, as it focuses on a specific set of rights, while rendering other fundamental points of human dignity as of secondary or of no importance.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: international human rights, Middle East, uprisings, revolution
Date posted: May 7, 2013