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Unformatted text preview: , the World Bank, the IMF, and the WTO, this Article argues that, while such inclusion is a benefit to the human rights movement, the creation of an alternative language to describe human rights goals is potentially detrimental. The language of human rights, in order to be understood by those it aims to protect, must, above all, be intelligible and accessible to them. At this early stage of interactions between human rights advocates and international economic actors, human rights advocates should retain and advance the compelling and utopian language of rights. HUMAN RIGHTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO FIGHTING GLOBAL STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE Ian Balfour, professor of English at York University, and Eduardo Cadava, professor of English at Princeton University, Spring/Summer 2004.
SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY, Vol. 103, No. 2/3, p. 279-280. If the challenge of human rights is infinite, it is because we have yet to enact a politics that can ensure absolute justice and dignity throughout the world. We might conjure some of the sites that, in recent memory, have generated the most pressing debates and intense questioning of human rights with a list of proper names, presented in no particular order, and certainly not in order to preclude other names: Biafra, Tibet, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Chechnya, Somalia, Bosnia, Sarajevo, Kosovo, Cambodia, Israel, Rwanda, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Iraq, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Algeria, Burundi, Afghanistan, Kenya, Burma, Armenia, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, China, and the United States. It would be impossible to name all the places in which the bloody conflicts of economic wars, civil wars, ethnic conflicts, wars of culture and religion, and the proliferation of racisms and xenophobias have threatened human rights, but also in which these wars and conflicts, for good or ill, have helped shape and define the shifting grounds both of rights and of what it means to be human. What is clear, however, is that the world is not a place where humanity or rights are shared--and this despite their respective and repeated...
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