I. Purpose and Content of the Course:
This course is intended to help people think about human rights and related issues in proper historical, comparative and global perspectives with a view to finding feasible solutions.
In the first part of this course we will discuss the concept of human rights and norms behind it in philosophical and empirical perspectives. We will also see how human rights have been perceived and defined in different national, historical and cultural contexts. The second part will review and discuss various roles and activities of international and non-governmental organizations involved in the issue area of human rights. After a presentation of an overview and an analysis of legal and political implications, we will make a few case studies on specific institutions, such as the UN Human Rights Commission, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). We will also discuss human right issues and refugee problems in different geographical regions including Palestine. In the final part, we will talk about international human rights in the Post-Cold War world.
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