Human Rights: Chinese and Dutch Perspectives

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P. Peter R. Baehr, Jacqueline Smith
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Mar 22, 1996 - Political Science - 160 pages
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This volume contains the papers which were presented at a symposium on human rights, held in September 1994 in Beijing and organized within the framework of an academic programme of co-operation between the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. The focal point of most of the papers is the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action - adopted during the 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights - which, from the perspective of particularly the Chinese participants, is considered as marking a new beginning in the field of human rights. Taking the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action as a point of departure the following main themes were the subject of discussion at the symposium and are more or less similarly reflected in the present volume: universality "versus" particularity; individual rights "versus" collective rights; national sovereignty and matters of international concern; ratification of international treaties.
 

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Contents

Human Rights Perspectives in Diversified Cultures
17
Can the Pluralistic World Have a Unified Concept of Human Rights?
43
A Common Standard of Achievement About Universal Validity
57
Human Rights and Chinese Tradition
77
Legal Protection of Human Rights in China
91
On Individual and Collective Human Rights
119
Are There Any Hierarchies of Human Rights in International Law?
133
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Peter Baehr is professor and head of the department of sociology and social policy at Lingnan University (Hong Kong) as well as a fellow of the Center for Asian Pacific Studies. His books include Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences: Critical Encounters; Founders, Classics, Canons: Modern Disputes on the Origins and Appraisal of Sociology's Heritage; and Caesar and the Fading of the Roman World.

John Daintith/Market House is editor and contributor to many reference books

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