Lecture+12+Human+Rights+and+the+Responsibility+to+Protect

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Lecture 12: Is There a Responsibility to  Protect? INTA 2030: Ethics and International Affairs 3/28/2011
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Is There a Set of Universal Human Rights? Or, should we be cultural relativists? Imposing certain human rights on others is a form of cultural imperialism “In each city, the rights of that city” Compare Vincent’s rights hierarchies West: Political and civil, then economic and social, then collective Africa: Collective, then economic, then political China: Collective rights first and foremost Islam: Rights are “freedoms to” in a community brought together by faith
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But, Wait a Minute… The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not an imposition It is a joint, universal undertaking It is a way of interpreting the UN Charter The International Criminal Court, which prosecutes individuals who commit crimes against humanity applies laws that are jus cogens They are compelling and cannot be revoked
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course INTA 2030 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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