Human Rights in Turmoil
Facing Threats, Consolidating AchievementseBook - 2014
Are human rights gaining or losing ground? This question has become relevant after two decades of unprecedented progress in developing human rights standards and institutions. The political climate during the Cold War created many obstacles, but the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and its aftermath during the following decade created a sense of promise and progress among human rights scholars and actors. Yet, today, actions, statements and initiatives questioning the legitimacy and validity of human rights, or even threatening their very existence, have become a regular part of current political realities, even in states traditionally dedicated to the rule of law. This would have been inconceivable ten or twenty years ago. At the political level, human rights are gaining as well as losing ground. The question of the adequacy, legitimacy and scope of human rights is still a live one. And, weaknesses in supra-national human rights protection systems have emerged over the last twenty years. It is now clear that human rights mechanisms are not well adapted to the handling of the ever-increasing number of complaints or to the effective implementation of human rights.
Publisher: Leiden : BRILL, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2007
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (305 pages)