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Human Rights and the Borders of SufferingThe Promotion of Human Rights in International Politics$
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Anne Brown

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719061059

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719061059.001.0001

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Opening up conceptions of rights

Opening up conceptions of rights

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(p.3) 1 Opening up conceptions of rights
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Human Rights and the Borders of Suffering
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M. Anne Brown

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719061059.003.0001

This book's argument takes as its point of departure the question of how to promote human rights observance in international life. The whole complex business of international human rights promotion is not approached here as a particularly ‘innocent’ enterprise. The argument here proceeds from the understanding, or the presumption, that questions of human rights are also part of the much broader context of people's repeated efforts to work against the systemic infliction of suffering in political life and to create conditions of life that do not turn upon the generation of such suffering. Within international politics, and according to the Westphalian order, a distinction, indeed a complex opposition, is commonly drawn between the proper domain of politics and that of ethics, with human rights standardly classed with ethics. This book explores three case studies: the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, East Timor's violent modern history, and the health of Australian Aborigines.

Keywords:   human rights, rights promotion, international life, international politics, suffering, ethics, Tiananmen Square massacre, East Timor, Australian Aborigines

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