Human Rights and the Borders of Suffering: The Promotion of Human Rights in International Politics


This book argues for a more open approach to human rights and international rights promotion, and in so doing brings some new understandings to old debates. Starting with the realities of abuse rather than the liberal architectures of rights, it casts human rights as a language for probing the political dimensions of suffering. Three case studies are explored – the Tiananmen Square massacre, East Timor's violent modern history, and the circumstances of Indigenous Australians.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Manchester, England
Publication year:
  • 2002


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