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I think there is obvious merit in reflecting on these points. The claim that HR as we know it rests on "illusions" is a bold one but seems a little cheap. It has obvious intellectual appeal although the author has to work rather hard to frame these with any degree of conviction so I will need to read the whole book. Similarly, the claim that HR are purely an outcome of western imperialism or post colonialism conflicts with the recognition that HR now has a universal canon arrived at through the conflagration of the second world war and the nuclear threat that followed. Without disagreeing with the central thesis that our HR discourse is narrow and may be sometimes used to serve western political ideologies, many of the universal human rights recognised today were actually framed and synthesised with major input from China, India and thinkers from the southern hemisphere. part of the problem perhaps is that we in the west have forgotten that. Similarly many of the advances in human rights legislation and discourses we all embrace have from activists and thinkers in the Southern hemisphere.

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