n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - 'n Kritiese evaluering van menseregte as eietydse globale politiek-juridiese verskynsel

Volume 43, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The concept of human rights claims to be universally relevant and may therefore be regarded as an aspect of the multi-faceted phenomenon of globalisation. This article first traces the development of human rights and then turns to a critical evaluation of the politics of human rights. It is generally accepted that individuals are the predominant beneficiaries of human rights. This is but partially true. The territorial state, which is the principal duty bearer in all human rights relationships, benefits as much, if not more, from the human rights relationship. Human rights function as a defensive strategy to bolster the existing statist order and to indemnify the order from the challenges of radical change, among other things, by fostering a culture of individual and group dependence upon the state.

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