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Human Rights in the 21st Century: Take a Walk on the Dark Side

ByRatna Kapur

We have witnessed an extraordinary proliferation of human rights law in the course of the 20th century and the beginning of this millennium. Contrary to popular belief, business is booming at the United Nations, with its entourage of resolutions, declarations and conventions that now deal with a broad range of abuses across the globe — including racial discrimination, women’s rights to equality, the rights of children, and the rights of indigenous groups — all aided and abetted by non-governmental organizations, including faithbased groups, women’s groups and other social justice initiatives. There is a sense that the international community is dealing with these ‘problems’ seriously and handling them with great speed and effi cacy.