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Unformatted text preview: December 3, 2007 Human Rights ***Read Lewellen section again...not everything is covered in notes*** Human Rights- rights that are prior to and transcend the laws of nations Relativism vs. Universalism Relativism: Humanity-wide values do not exist; culture is the sole source of morality Universalism: Certain principles are inherent to all human beings and are outside of culture Are there commonalities of values in all culture? Some found by anthropologists are: Law Unjustified taking of life Retribution tired to proportionality State Terrorism Types Killing Torture Political Imprisonment Disappearances National Security is the excuse used most often for any kind of state sponsored violence Death squads-paramilitary forces, off-duty military, security forces Government denies knowledge, but more often than not, directs their activities Violence Against Women Rape Sexual Torture Forced Prostitution...
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- Fall '07