The Future of Human Rights
"While celebrating the rhetoric of the 'universality' of human rights, Upendra Baxi alerts us to the promises, as well as the perils, of statist and emancipatory discourses. Human rights proclamations and movements owe their emergence to increased sensitivity to the politics of cruelty beginning with the Holocaust and Hiroshima-Nagasaki. The 'New' social movements - such as women's struggle to feminize human rights practices, postmodernist critiques of universalistic idiom of human rights, and movements in the politics of identity - present inaugural ways of relating human suffering to human rights." "This work explores the paradigm shift in human rights theory and practice that subordinates, even sacrifices, human rights of individual human beings and subaltern peoples to the needs and interests of the managers and agents of globalization. It traces the community of concerns that now reshape the activist energy and power of human rights movements everywhere.".