The United States and the universality of human rights

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-626
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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  • Health Policy


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