Latin America’s Protagonist Role in Human Rights

SUR 22 - v. 12, n. 22 (2015)

13 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2016

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Kathryn Sikkink

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: December 10, 2015

Abstract

Latin American governments, social movements, and regional organisations have made a far bigger contribution to the idea and practice of international human rights than has previously been recognised. Most discussions of the global human rights regime stress its origins in the countries of the Global North. This article explores the role of Latin America states as early protagonists of the international protection of human rights, focusing in particular on the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, adopted 8 months before passage of the Universal Declaration. In light of this, Sikkink calls into question the idea that human rights originated only in the Global North.

Keywords: Global South, Norm development, Human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man

Suggested Citation

Sikkink, Kathryn, Latin America’s Protagonist Role in Human Rights (December 10, 2015). SUR 22 - v. 12, n. 22 (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2837918

Kathryn Sikkink (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
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