The Argument through the United Nations

Arvind Sharma

in Are Human Rights Western?

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195679489
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081714 | DOI:
The Argument through the United Nations

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This chapter examines the argument that human rights are Western in the context of the United Nations (UN): the notion of human rights in modern times seems to have arisen in the context of the UN. The UN is itself a formation of the West; human rights are thus Western in this institutional sense. It is, however, important to distinguish between the developments which followed World War I and those which followed World War II. The chapter concludes with the statement that the argument that human rights are Western because the institution associated with it—the UNO—is captive to Western interests and ideologies is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

Keywords: human rights; Western interests and ideologies; United Nations; World War I; World War II

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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