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January 21, 2010

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Greg Hart


The foundational notions of who was or was not human remained for too long in the hands of Western scholars and thinkers in the post war reconstruction of the 'world'.

Decolonisation of these concepts of 'humanity' was vital and required if people in colonised states were too recognised as 1) humans and 2) humans with rights.
Such a simple step was much harder to achieve than many realize.

It could be argued that the radicalisation of human rights was not that radical at all, but only considered so by those who had to concede that in its minimalist conceptualisation it adequately covered and protected the rights of all humans. It did not.

This book should be considered a standard reader for all who consider themselves to be human rights activists or scholars everywhere.

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