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Social Forces and National, Regional and International Human Rights Processes

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This chapter attempts to map the constellation of social forces engaged to challenge practices of coercive sterilisation of Roma during the early 2000s. These forces include local, national and international civil society organizations; donor organizations; regional and international intergovernmental organizations; the European Union; and certain segments of the government. The chapter explores the extent to which the default weak agency of the women concerned could be augmented and amplified through the actions of a limited number of key players, and the extent to which this augmentation altered the playing field in justice terms. It begins by summarizing a growing body of literature exploring linkages between human rights and social action, probing the sociology of human rights, and examining human rights as practiced. The chapter concludes with thoughts as to implications for social action in human rights.

Keywords: coercive sterilisation; donor organizations; European Union; human rights; international civil society organizations; Roma; social forces



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