Human Rights Review 7 (4):5-18 (2006)

Cindy Holder
University of Victoria
Conventional wisdom suggests that promoting self-determination for peoples and protecting the human rights of individuals are competing priorities. However, many recent international human rights documents include rights of peoples in their lists of basic human rights. In this paper, I defend including at least one people’s right, the right to self-determination, in the list of basic rights. Recognizing that self-determination is a constitutive element of human dignity casts state sovereignty in a different light, with interesting consequences both for international law and for philosophical debates about the rights of minorities
Keywords human rights  self-determination  group rights  international law  minority rights
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DOI 10.1007/s12142-006-1000-0
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