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16 - Human Rights as Instruments of Emancipation and Economic Development

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 December 2009

Shareen Hertel
Affiliation:
University of Connecticut
Lanse Minkler
Affiliation:
University of Connecticut
Kaushik Basu
Affiliation:
Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies in the Department of Economics and Director of the Programon Comparative Economic Development, Cornell University
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PRECEPT AND PRACTICE

On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was a call to a certain universalist commitment to promoting some basic rights that all individuals possessed simply by virtue of being human, and irrespective of their religion, race, gender, and nationality. This was the first time that such a proclamation had been made at a global level and endorsed by virtually every country in the world.

There is of course a long history of individual activism and philosophical pamphleteering for some basic rights for all human beings. Jefferson, Kant, Locke, Gandhi, the poetry of sufi saints and the writings of spiritual leaders, and even many nonbelievers, such as India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and the philosophers Bertrand Russell, David Hume, and John Stuart Mill easily spring to mind. There also had been initiatives undertaken by individual countries to recognize some basic rights of individuals within their national boundaries. The UN Declaration has special significance, because it was the first effort to bring the whole world under a common recognition of rights and to give this a semilegal status. In today's rapidly globalizing world we cannot ask for anything less. The Declaration has had huge ramifications, because many global agreements and initiatives – concerning the rights of the workers, the rights of the children, the treatment of prisoners, the protection of the environment, and economic objectives like the Millennium Development Goals – are outgrowths of that initial proclamation.

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Economic Rights
Conceptual, Measurement, and Policy Issues
, pp. 345 - 362
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2007

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