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WE ARE NOT MAKING THIS UP: THE VAST MAJORITY OF STATES HAVE ALREADY OBLIGATED THEMSELVES TO RESPECT, PROTECT AND FULFILL ALL HUMAN RIGHTS. (ESCR-Net)

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Human Right: Food for an endangered thought   Human Rights Reader 411   The human rights framework, a major instrument for accountability, is under attack   The UN is explicitly an intergovernmental body; if UN member states do not like human rights (HR) and accountability, then the UN does not either.* *: It is no […]

HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT A SUPPLEMENTAL TASK IN ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT AFFAIRS POLICY MAKING; THEY ARE A CORE ISSUE. (D. Messner)

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Food for an indeed enforceable thought   Human Rights Reader 372     The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes human rights as the most important of the four ‘pillars’ in the UN Charter, when stating: “The recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family […]

GENUINE PARTICIPATION MUST COME BEFORE ACCOUNTABILITY

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Food for a heart beating thought   Human Rights Reader 340   1. In truly democratic societies, active participation is the means for people to voice their criticism, to open the gates to class actions, to demand justice and to change negative ingrained traditions.   2. But true democracies are a utopia (which we still […]

HUMAN RIGHTS ARE COMPELLING IN THE ABSTRACT, BUT IMPOSSIBLE IN PRACTICE AS LONG AS THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

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  Foood for an allergizing thought Human Rights Reader 288   -It seems our peers have an allergy to enforcing   human rights accountability. (J. Alday) -To be effective, accountability needs to be demanded; therefore, effective mechanisms to demand accountability are badly needed. Are we fostering such mechanisms?   1. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) both serve […]

HUMAN RIGHTS-PROOFING DEVELOPMENT PLANS.

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  Food for a neglected yet needed thought   Human Rights Reader 280   -Good economic times are especially conducive to the illusion that bad times will never return.  (A. Dixit) -There is a long, long tradition of development professionals offering development recipes that do not work. Not being facetious, in ongoing development work, the […]




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