Moral Dimensions of Human Rights Documents

Carl Wellman

in The Moral Dimensions of Human Rights

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199744787
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827138 | DOI:
Moral Dimensions of Human Rights Documents

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This chapter explains how the most important global human rights documents presuppose the existence of moral human rights. This is especially true of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the two covenants of 1966. It argues that many international human rights can be justified as protections of analogous prior moral human rights and that these moral rights are relevant to their interpretation in international law. However, other justifications for recognizing and implementing international human rights are their contributions to world peace, social justice, or friendly relations among nation-states.

Keywords: human rights; moral human rights; international human rights; human rights documents; peace; friendly relations; social justice; Universal Declaration; covenants

Chapter.  8539 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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