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Hinduism and Human Rights Discourse

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Human Rights

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195665857
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195665857.003.0003
Hinduism and Human Rights Discourse

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Chapter 1 argued that conceptions of human rights can be recognized within Hinduism, once the categories which correspond to them in the Hindu tradition are identified. One must now contend with the fact that human rights discourse in the West is neither monolithic nor static. This chapter addresses the following question: does the Hindu tradition possess the resources to interact with diverse and evolving patterns of human rights discourse? It begins by considering the two traditions embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It then examines how Hindu thought may be related to the idea of generations of human rights within human rights discourse. The final section discusses matters at the cutting edge of human rights discourse: those having to do with the evolution of international humanitarian law as it embodies the evolving tradition of human rights norms and standards.

Keywords: human rights discourse; Hindu tradition; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; international humanitarian law; Hinduism

Chapter.  8507 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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