Whithering or Rejuvenating Human Rights? Global Inequality and the ‘Cry from the Streets’
Concerns primarily over the cost of living have prompted recent violent protests in countries such as Chile and Lebanon. When added to widespread populist mobilisations in several more - not least the Brexit saga in the UK, and the distinctive characteristics of the Trump era - the growth in popular discontent and potential for social upheaval becomes apparent.
Concerns primarily over the cost of living have prompted recent violent protests.
The presentation poses two fundamental questions:
First, can explanation of these ‘cries from the streets’ be found in shifting patterns of global inequality; and in what some now identify as less about being ‘between-country’ inequality, than rather the growth of ‘within-country’ inequality?
Second, are recent whithering critiques against them correct in affirming the inability of human rights to mount any adequate responses to rising inequality?
The presentation offers a more positive message about how new avenues for human rights can and must be sought – such as the Sustainable Development Goals- in order to respond to inequality as a genuinely global concern and in which the human rights project itself may seek ways to become rejuvenated.
Presenter: Prof. Peris S. Jones, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.