Published online by Cambridge University Press: 09 June 2021
“Human and Minority Rights” (re)examines the construct of human rights and the marginalization of the minority from these rights. Minority groups, living with their own differences and levels of social perception, are the social constructs of those without dominant voices. To be deemed irrelevant or voiceless is to be dismissed as a passive member of society whose choices, desires, and opinions do not shape the evolution of the society and its social space. In contemporary discourse, existence of this social status raises the issue of fundamental human rights and the enforcement of human dignity. This discourse, for example, engages how the disabled grapple with the existing notion of human rights, or what it is to be human. Despite being part of the society, persons with disabilities occasionally deal with terror that stems from the social perception of their personhood – mostly due to cultural interpretations of their physiological and/or psychological condition as well as due to the negligence of the government to provide adequate policies which attend to their needs. Therefore, this study posits that effective policies would transcend governance to also deconstruct sociocultural notions with negative influence on the disabled and minorities.
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