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Toward an American Coalition for Human Rights

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 September 2018

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Should we form an American coalition for human rights? If so's what would be its purpose, its structure, and its functions?

I would like to suggest a moral philosophy as a basis for such a coalition.

I believe we must oppose suppression of human rights anywhere, whatever the ideology of the oppressor. We must, in my view, oppose dictatorships of both the Right and the Left— unequivocally and without qualification.

In addition I would like to propose that such a coalition stress the importance of social and economic well-being for all peoples. We must, in my view, look to the development of human well-being that embodies the full range of human rights and aspirations. This means stretching the definition of human rights beyond civil and political to include all matters that affect human welfare.

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Copyright © Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 1978

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