Department

School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Embargo Period

8-8-2019

Abstract

The study of human rights is dominated by secular voices; however, increasingly the study of international relations recognizes the tension and interplay between the religious and the secular, and the impetus for human rights work has often come from a religious or moral foundation. Although understudied, religious NGOs and religious beliefs and universal ethics have long shaped discourses on human rights in the United Nations. This paper explores the ways in which religious and secular human rights organizations frame, discuss, legitimize and operationalize human rights issues and priorities. Through document analysis and interviews with members of international human rights organizations, the authors trace the similarities and differences between the organizations, their missions and focus, their conceptions of human rights, and their rationale for engaging in the field for the purpose of better assessing the opportunities and challenges for cooperation between these groups.

Journal

Journal of Human Rights

Journal ISSN

1475-4835

Volume

Forthcoming

Comments

This Post-Print will be available after an 18mo embargo. The article is forthcoming and a link will be posted on this page when it is published.

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