Human rights as a protective force

Authored by: Elizabeth Stanley

The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138931176
eBook ISBN: 9781315679891
Adobe ISBN: 9781317395553


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Human rights are values that deepen the chance of a better life. With ‘an agenda’ for individual and social improvement, they herald opportunities for freedom, dignity, respect, peace and social justice. These hopeful ‘principles of social protection… provoke action’ towards a world that has not yet emerged (Moyn 2010, p. 1). Human rights are, and will always be, a work in progress. Their promise as a source of protection has to be continually articulated, enacted, remembered and fought over.

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