History of the rights of non-citizens

David Weissbrodt

in The Human Rights of Non-citizens

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547821
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720086 | DOI:
 History of the rights of non-citizens

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This chapter presents an overview of the development of the rights of ‘outsiders’. It highlights the major themes and developments of these rights from the ancient period to the birth of the United Nations and the international human rights regime. It is shown that since international human rights protections for non-citizens developed in parallel with the law of international commerce, protections for non-citizens have historically been protections for investors, traders, merchants, and business people, not individuals requiring humanitarian assistance. Today, a number of human rights treaties exist for the protection of discrete groups of noncitizens. Still, little has been done to identify the common plights, needs, and approaches for redress of marginalized non-citizen groups; no treaty presently exists solely to delineate the rights of non-citizens as non-citizens; and the general substance of the law of State responsibility for injuries to non-citizens has yet to be established by a broadly-accepted international instrument.

Keywords: human rights; outsiders; United Nations

Chapter.  12175 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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