The Hidden Face of Rights Toward a Politics of Responsibilities Kathryn Sikkink

Series:
Castle Lecture Series
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
11 Feb 2020
ISBN:
9780300233292
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
208 pages: 210 x 140 x 19mm
Illustrations:
4 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

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Why we cannot truly implement human rights unless we also recognize human responsibilities

When we debate questions in international law, politics, and justice, we often use the language of rights—and far less often the language of responsibilities. Human rights scholars and activists talk about state responsibility for rights, but they do not articulate clear norms about other actors’ obligations. In this book, Kathryn Sikkink argues that we cannot truly implement human rights unless we also recognize and practice the corresponding human responsibilities.
 
Focusing on five areas—climate change, voting, digital privacy, freedom of speech, and sexual assault—and providing many examples of on‑the‑ground initiatives where people choose to embrace a close relationship between rights and responsibilities, Sikkink argues for the importance of responsibilities to any comprehensive understanding of political ethics and human rights.

Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.