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The United States and the universality of human rights.

Authors
  • Chomsky, N
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1999
Volume
29
Issue
3
Pages
623–626
Identifiers
PMID: 10450550
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The United States takes a highly relativistic stance toward the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It regards the socio-economic rights and the right to development as without status; exempts itself from all provisions of the Declaration by failing to sign the conventions designed to implement these provisions; and unilaterally qualifies its support of civil and political rights. Leading recipients of U.S. aid have traditionally included regimes with atrocious human rights records. Those struggling for human rights should have no illusions about the systems of power and their servants.

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