What are human rights II

Introduction to the concept of human rights

Monday January 10 2011 Lecture 2: What are human rights II PS 2B03/LS 2W03/WS 2A03: Human Rights and Social Justice Dr Colin Salter, Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University


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Explore specific sections of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Health care debates Torture


Reports have emerged... That the frequency and intensity [of techniques including waterboarding, and the, application] to high value detainees constitutes torture, even if their use in isolation falls short of that designation.
Reeta Tremblay et al (2008)


...in December 2005, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights declared that U.S. Conduct in the war on terror was eroding both the United States and international legal prohibitions on torture.
Reeta Tremblay et al (2008)


Article 25

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care
Universal Declaration of Human Rights


The U.S.A.
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59 million people medically uninsured 132 million people without dental insurance 60 million people without paid sick leave


Ideological paradigms

Mike Huckabee Democracy Now January 5, 2011




Article 5

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights


For Wednesday

What factors do you think have shaped contemporary discourse around human rights in the west? Identify any shifts and reflect o their implications for today and the near future. What might an anti-colonial human rights framework look like/consist of?


Citations & further reading
Lila Abu-Lughod (2002) Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Re ections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others, American Anthropologist, Vol. 104, No. 3: pp. 783-790. Reeta Tremblay, James Kelly, Michael Lipson and Jean Francois Mayer (2008) Understanding Human Rights: Origins, Currents and Critiques, Nelson: Toronto. pp. 21-56 (Chapter 2. Human Rights in World Politics). World Health Organization (2000) e World Health Report Improving , Switzerland. Available online h p://www.who.int/whr/2000/en/whr00_en.pdf Health Systems:


Image sources
Mike Konopacki. 2000. ‘If there was justice in the world‘, 2000 — http://www.veggies.org.uk/calendar/2000.htm ‘Human Rights Champions’, 2001 — http://invisiblecollege.weblog.leidenuniv.nl/2007/03/11/who-wants-to-be-thenew-human-rights-cha ‘Which do you pet, which do you eat?‘ — http://www.meatout.org/action/outreach.htm Shane T. McCoy, ‘Detainees at Camp X-Ray’, 11 January 2002. Image in the domain image — http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Camp_x-ray_detainees.jpg