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2 History of Human Rights

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

Christian Tomuschat

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2022

Subject(s):
1648-1815 — 1815 to World War I — World War I to World War II — Since World War II — Humanitarian intervention — Statehood, legitimacy — Human rights remedies — Minorities
Whenever the student probes into the history of human communities, they will find certain mechanisms designed to protect individuals from violations of their rights. Systems of governance are generally based on reciprocity of protection and loyalty. Human beings, aware of the necessity to maintain and defend themselves in inimical surroundings, have invariably established structures of governance believing that those entrusted with a leadership role will protect individuals under their command. This has also been one of the constant themes of state philosophy. How...
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