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The Divisibility of Indivisible Human Rights


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  • Audrey R. Chapman

    (University of Connecticut)

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    The human rights community characterizes the relationships among the various human rights enumerated in the major international human rights instruments as indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated. This working paper raises issues on intellectual and operational grounds as to whether all human rights can be considered to be indivisible. Instead it proposes that there is a need to set priorities for implementation within and among human rights. The article then evaluates various options for developing priorities.

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    Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute in its series Economic Rights Working Papers with number 9.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:uct:ecriwp:9

    Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute Workshop on The Indivisibility and Interdependence of Human Rights Workshop, April 12, 2008.
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    Keywords: divisibility of rights; human rights;

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