Human rights debates seem to be a little bit in a dead end: on the one hand, taken for granted is defined diffusion of human rights; on the other there seems to be in permanent confrontation two incompatible positions, each of them suggesting the other side is in breach of the rules. One is the position that emphasizes the societal dimension of rights; on the other camp, we find those striving for what may be seen as a civic liberty interpretation This article shows that both positions miss a crucial challenge: both human rights theory and practice must be refocused and consider human rights as part of the process of society building, maintenance, and change.
Peter Herrmann (PhD) is a social philosopher and professor of economics. He has studied in sociology, economics, political science, and social policy and philosophy. He holds a venia for sociology and has worked internationally in the EU and globally. He is Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center and the Law School at Central South University. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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