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Human Rights

Goal: Add from a critical perspective to the advancement of studies of human rights

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a workshop, ventilating possibilities to objectify reasoning for human rights, linking them to the concrete historical development
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The theses are, first, that the federalist system as such had not been used in an appropriate way, allowing to utilise the advantages of the federal structure while maintaining the basic rules of law and democracy; second, that the Merkelian orientation on pleasing everybody opened the doors to a shift of power to extra-parliamentarian forces, representing major industries and also the far-right.
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The German polity, pandemia and Human Rights Still a draft, translation of quotes pending, as well as some details. But hopefully of intrest ... It is goig to be published in a book we are elaborating at my Human Rights Centre, the book will contain contriburtins from Ireland, South Africa, Spain and Turkey
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Privatisation can be seen as original sin of the process of European integration. While we find at the beginning at least the notion of a community, which can also be read as notion of a common good and commons, it is becoming clear over time that, indeed, the common had been understood as making the private – not only as matter of property but also as matter of defining human rationality – as principal force. This presentation sees this as soci(at)al triage.
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Karel Vasak proposed three stages of development of human rights, very much guided by an individualist understanding of what rights are. The present contribution argues that it is more important to look at the macro, meso and micro level, i.e. that human rights are also about the RIGHT OF SOCIETIES TO DEVELOP, thus making it possible to establish a foundation that rights of individuals (always social beings) can be established
This chapter discusses the historical development of ‘rights’ and how these transformed into ideas about ‘universal human rights’. It shows how the concept of rights developed historically from notions of legal through to political, social/economic and cultural rights and from individual to group rights. It describes how thinking about rights has developed from identifying rights solely with clans, tribes, communities, ethnic groups and then nation states, to linking them to all humanity - including minorities - through concepts of universal human rights. It recognises the contribution of philosophical ideas about humanity, equality, democracy and social justice, as well as the impact of human agency on the development of a range of rights, and argues that such developments do not take place in a vacuum (Donnelly, 2013: 75-92). Social, economic, ideological, cultural and geo-political influences engender our power to change society and ensure that human rights are a contested site. Rights are contested in their conceptualisation and in the development of oversight mechanisms. They are also contested in their implementation, enforceability and realisability on the ground (Freeman, 2017). In essence, it is argued that humans make human rights. As Karl Marx (1851-52) wrote in The Eighteenth Brumaire: ‘Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past’ (Marx, 1851: 103).
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from the forward by Lorena Ossio: ... In the first part, with greater emphasis on economics but always keeping faithful to what is known in Germany as Grundlagenforschung. He follows in many respects the thought and academic legacy of Hans F. Zacher whom the author has personally known and who unites in his human warmth, sensitivity an attempt to understand that there is a "black hole" and to find interdisciplinary research questions regarding the relationship between inequality in the Global and the poverty chains. Peter Herrmann has the comparative advantage of being a global researcher - he does not seek to benefit from his competitive or cooperative advantage of coming from the scientific community of the North - trying to paraphrase his lucid explanations in these concepts, Peter Herrmann knows and is able to adapt to the viscitudes that many scientists of the global South must face day by day and in his words that are also taking place in Europe. The work deals with one of the most relevant and current topics: Migration and Mobility. In the second part dedicated to human rights, the reading demands a level of abstraction that can reveal that a naked reader in his capacity of magination of certain realities or on the contrary as Löwenstein would compare in his constitutions and forms of government policies that there are different „Kleidungsstücke“ or suits to understand certain realities and the scope of interpretation will depend on each reader.v
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Add from a critical perspective to the advancement of studies of human rights