Constructing human freedom: the refugee convention and networks of power

Kathrani, Paresh (2010) Constructing human freedom: the refugee convention and networks of power. Social Sciences Studies, 3 (7). pp. 115-124.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 sought to uphold the minimum conditions by which all people lead their lives. The instrument was based on the assumption that there was a certain level of freedom that was necessary for people everywhere to live - and UN viewed that the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and its subsequent Protocol 1967 would enable people to protect this freedom if it was threatened. However, this has been affected with respect to refugee protection by the operation of intersubjective power. It is argued that it is necessary to explicate such power networks in order to ensure that both policy makers and people appreciate its effects and thereby the need to give human rights norms their proper weight.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Westminster Law School
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 31 May 2012 14:53
Last Modified: 31 May 2012 14:53

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