The idea of universal rights, rights shared by all, regardless of nationality, creed, wealth, or geography, has a powerful grip on the way many people feel about justice and global politics.
No one should be subjected to torture or disappearance, to starvation or sex trafficking, to economic exploitation or biased treatment under the law. But when it comes to actually enforcing these rights, the results rarely resemble the ideal. In this book, the author, a legal expert reveals how attempts to apply "universal" human rights principles to specific cultures can hinder humanitarian causes and sometimes even worsen conditions for citizens.
In certain regions, human rights ideals clash with the limits of institutional capabilities or civic culture.
Elsewhere, rights enforcement actually leads to further human rights violations. In this sense, all human rights are local.
Ford presents an unique take on the idea of Universal Rights by questioning if the methods are correct. He doesn't question the concept of rights or even the idea that rights are wrong. He simply looks at the existing attempts to use rights from a legal and practical view point.
His solution to the problem with rights implementation is much the same on that certain rights groups are using now, keep it local and simple. May 28, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: Not what I was expecting. Daniel Cheng rated it did not like it Feb 07, Jesse rated it liked it May 02, Kevin Valliere rated it it was ok May 28, James rated it really liked it Jul 02, Will rated it liked it Jul 17, KP rated it liked it Jan 01, Richard rated it really liked it Oct 12, Nick rated it it was amazing Apr 13, Charlie Avus rated it really liked it Jul 14, Tom Cleary rated it liked it Jul 11, Brett Heinz rated it really liked it Feb 17, Anna May rated it really liked it Feb 16, Alex Hui rated it liked it May 23, Tobe Buffenbarger rated it liked it Jan 02, Scott Duke rated it really liked it Dec 02, Gys marked it as to-read Sep 10, Kate marked it as to-read Jan 16, Pixie Poe marked it as to-read Jan 24, Anandi marked it as to-read Jan 25, David marked it as to-read Mar 01, Bogowo marked it as to-read Mar 02, Natalie Boring marked it as to-read Mar 21, Jocelyn added it May 12, Lynne added it May 28, Jacob added it Jun 12, Matt Bowen marked it as to-read Aug 24, Heather marked it as to-read Jan 31, Kent marked it as to-read Feb 13, Bookshark marked it as to-read Apr 22, Anna May added it May 03, Michelle marked it as to-read Jul 23, Emily Skibski marked it as to-read Nov 13, Allison Reilly marked it as to-read Nov 29, Adam marked it as to-read Jan 25, Mary marked it as to-read Apr 13,