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Human Rights: Moral or Political?$
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Adam Etinson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713258

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198713258.001.0001

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Linking Self-Determination and Human Rights

Linking Self-Determination and Human Rights

Comment on Peter Jones

(p.460) 13.1 Linking Self-Determination and Human Rights
Human Rights: Moral or Political?

Will Kymlicka

Oxford University Press

Peter Jones argues that human rights can address violations of the determination principle, but cannot address violations of the selfhood principle. In this commentary, it is argued that international human rights norms should address both violations, for two key reasons. First, these violations are continuous in their underlying ideologies and in their effects on those whose rights to self-determination are denied. Second, international law was itself complicit in creating both categories of violations, and so has a special responsibility to correct them.

Keywords:   right to self-determination, human rights, indigenous rights, colonialism, international law

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