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19 Time for Hope, or Time for Despair?

From: Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism, Third Edition

Christian Tomuschat

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 February 2024

Subject(s):
Human rights remedies — Self-determination — Responsibility of non-state actors — Responsibility of states
As indicated by its name, human rights protection is a process which cannot be finalized once and for all at some point in time. In the human world, paradise will never make a glorious entry, defeating all the evils that besiege the peoples of this globe. It is a basic fact that human beings live under permanent threats from their environment, which makes human rights necessary. To believe that total harmony may emerge some day would disregard human nature: different minds pursue different goals, and in many parts of the world life means little more than to ensure...
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