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Globalization And Human Rights

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This chapter discusses the various effects of globalization on human rights. It explore many questions: What exactly is globalization? Is it diminishing the power of the State to guarantee human rights, or indeed to violate them, or is it merely changing the ways in which this power is exercised? The chapter seeks to give a snapshot of some of the multiple relationships between globalization in its different forms and States' existing human rights obligations. On the one hand, it examines the challenges globalization poses to human rights and, on the other, it discusses the opportunities globalization provides for better implementation of human rights. The chapter with an introduction of the concept of globalization; then presents some of the positive as well as negative effects of globalization on human rights, along two broadly defined axes: economic globalization and political, social and cultural globalization.

Keywords: cultural globalization; economic globalization; human rights; power of the State



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