58. IT IS THROUGH IDEOLOGY THAT SOCIETY ULTIMATELY EXPLAINS ITSELF. (Part 4 of 16) »

The technocratic approach ends up just keeping track of HR violations, because it has so many non-solutions built-in masquerading as answers. An example of such an approach is the implication that ‘salvation’ lies in obtaining for the poor countries those features of richer countries

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57. WE HAVE TO LEARN TO LOOK AT TOTALITIES, RATHER THAN AT FRAGMENTS OF REALITY. (Part 3 of 16) »

It is by participating in the political life of a community that one acquires a sense of who one is. It is through such a political discourse that a rights-oriented new system or paradigm comes into being. The right to equal access to such a political discourse should be the essence of our demands.

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56. OBJECTIVITY IN THE ANALYTICAL STAGES OF THE PLANNING PROCESS IS NOTHING BUT A MYTH. (Part 2 of 16) »

The question that pops up at this point of our discussion is whether this approach is realistic or not. If it is not, let us keep in mind that not being ‘realistic’ is a judgment that history can change: what may sound unrealistic today can very well become true tomorrow --if we work for it with decision.

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55. HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ARE PART OF A SOCIAL DISEASE WITH HISTORICAL ROOTS. (Part 1 of 16) »

It is the prevailing determinants of the social and economic conditions of a society that lead to the violation of the rights of a sizeable sector of the population; these we consider to be the basic determinants. The more proximate causes resulting in the host of human rights (HR) violations we see on a daily basis we consider to be immediate determinants.

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54. SOME WELL KNOWN AND SOME LESS WELL KNOWN ASPECTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS WORK. »

In what remains to be gained, progress will be slow though, because State priority in East Asia is on passing new economic --and not human rights-- laws. (Joining the WTO is a priority here). Technical assistance for law reform in the area of human rights, as well as ad-hoc training are still needed in the years to come.

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53. HUMAN RIGHTS ARE UNIVERSAL, BUT THE RISK OF HAVING ONE’S RIGHTS VIOLATED IS NOT. »

(Our intellectual recognition of all the above) is only a necessary first step towards pragmatic solidarity, that is, towards taking a stand by the side of those who suffer most from an increasingly harsh and unfair new world order. (But is this enough?) (Perhaps) the world’s best hope is to elicit the (proactive solidarity) of the oppressed for their (fellow) oppressed. (Bertolt Brecht)

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52. THE LAW IS THE LAW…AND HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT YET THE LAW. »

An annual reporting on progress of each of the Human Rights conventions to show progress article-by-article would thus seem to be highly desirable. Civil society is best placed to do this. (We simply have to make sure that certain groups are receiving particular benefits due them --and that is so much easier with the law on our side...).

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51. THE NEED TO STRUGGLE IS ACTUALLY A BUILT-IN PRINCIPLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS WORK. »

We have been deeply intimidated by the magnitude of the problem in front of us. We have imprisoned ourselves within our own skepticism, resignation and cynicism about the inevitability of Human Rights violations being a fact of life. (C. Lovelace)

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50. NGOs SHOULD NOT BE HUMAN RIGHTS BLIND AND SHOULD BE JUDGED BY THEIR POLITICS. »

Given the challenges ahead, the Human Rights agenda of NGOs cannot be apolitical; the name of the game is actually being politically smart in furthering Human Rights goals.

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49. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROJECT AND PROCESS IS OWNERSHIP. HUMAN RIGHTS CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED AS A PROJECT. »

While denouncing, presenting alternatives, showing the way and suggesting alternatives, Human Rights activists have to be ‘comfort-busters’ and ‘disquieters’, as well as ‘callers-to-reflection-and-action’. This eventually makes them into true alter-egos of the civil society community. Their mission is to center-the-debate and articulate-the-reasons for Human Rights. It is indeed a heroic battle of ‘universal ideas against special interests’.

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