Roundtable on Human Rights

An exchange on the emancipatory potential of human rights, prompted by the essay Human Rights: Advancing the Frontier of Emancipation

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Greg Anderson
The liberal individualism at the core of a human rights framework is at odds with the need to recognize our global interdependence.

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Luis Cabrera
Crackdowns by authoritarian and nationalist governments pose a major obstacle to the human rights agenda, but opportunities abound in the growth of regional institutions.

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Joseph Camilleri
The seismic power shift attendant of Asia’s rise offers an opportunity for civilizational dialogue about the relationship between rights and responsibilities.

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Jonathan Cohn
A right to a clean environment is an important next step in the expansion and evolution of rights.

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Riane Eisler
We need to expand human rights theory and practice to include human rights violations in the private sphere, especially against women and children.

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Alice Froidevaux
Who are the global players that constitute the human rights movement?

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Aaron Karp
The expansion of human rights in the face of relentless attacks from established hierarchies speaks to the power of ordinary people and an innate human desire for dignity and freedom.

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Evelin Lindner
Only with the globalization of an ethos of dignity and care can the human rights vision flourish.

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Álvaro de Regil Castilla
Realizing human rights will be impossible as long as we remain trapped in the dominant marketocratic paradigm.

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Noha Tarek
Human rights discourse too often fails to trace the roots of human rights violations to their ultimate geopolitical causes, the machinations of great powers.

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Allen White
Multinational corporations will continue to violate the human rights of workers and communities until a powerful, diverse global movement holds them accountable.

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Author's Response
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