92 In short persons without disabilities may compromise the interests of

92 in short persons without disabilities may

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such relationships complicate their work; in addition, non-retarded persons are often unwilling to permit sexual or romantic activity by retarded persons. 92 In short, persons without disabilities may compromise the interests of persons with disabilities for their own convenience and psychological comfort. How a social norm develops, then, may depend much more on considerations of popularity or political power than upon alternative visions of distributive justice that often have greater moral weight . Because socio-political forces frequently exacerbate the impact of a disability without sufficient moral justification , anti-discrimination law requires [*68] modifications of social policies to ameliorate the deleterious effects of socio-political forces on disability. This makes global destruction inevitable — the pursuit of the short-term gains of political expediency sacrifices any hope of sustainable peace Bassiouni 3 - Professor of Law at DePaul University, (M. Cherif, 35 Case W. Res. J. Int’l L. 191, Spring) The human rights arena is defined by a constant tension between the attraction of realpolitik and the demand for accountability . Realpolitik involves the pursuit of political settlements unencumbered by moral and ethical limitations . As such, this approach often runs directly counter to the interests of justice , particularly as understood from the perspective of victims of gross violations of human rights . Impunity , at both the international and national levels, is commonly the outcome of realpolitik which favors expedient political ends over the more complex task of confronting responsibility . Accountability, in contrast, embodies the goals of both retributive and restorative justice. This orientation views conflict resolution as premised upon responsibility and requires sanctions for those responsible, the establishment of a clear record of truth and efforts made to provide redress to victims. The pursuit of realpolitik
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may settle the more immediate problems of a conflict, but , as history reveals, its achievements are frequently at the expense of long-term peace , stability, and reconciliation. It is difficult to achieve genuine peace without addressing victims' needs and without [*192] providing a wounded society with a sense of closure . A more profound vision of peace requires accountability and often involves a series of interconnected activities including : establishing the truth of what occurred, punishing those most directly responsible for human suffering, and offering redress to victims . Peace is not merely the absence of armed conflict; it is the restoration of justice , and the use of law to mediate and resolve inter-social and inter-personal discord. The pursuit of justice and accountability fulfills fundamental human needs and expresses key values necessary for the prevention and deterrence of future conflicts. For this reason, sacrificing justice and accountability for the immediacy of realpolitik represents a short-term vision of expediency over more enduring human values .
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-- Elections Link turn Plan allows disabled people to vote—physical access to polling stations— that’s Schwartz Disabled people support Obama—2008 proves
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