Since the early 1990s, conflict around the world has been marked by ethnic tensions, and increasingly minorities are calling for political recognition and respect for their cultural identities. Within the area of human rights, the concept of cultural rights has the potential to address the injustices these communities suffer. Yet scholars and practitioners have paid surprisingly little attention to cultural rights, despite the fact that they have been enshrined in international law since 1966 when the United Nations adopted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 27)and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Article 15). This issue of Human Rights Dialogue focuses on the evolving concept of cultural rights and explores its potential effectiveness both in achieving social justice and advancing the rights claims of ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples and other cultural communities. Contributions from scholars and practitioners bring insight to the context of particular claims for cultural rights or cultural rights abuses, as well as the actions being taken to address them.
- Introduction: Public Security and Human Rights
- The New Face of Impunity
- Restricting the Right to Shoot
- Responding to Vigilantism
- "Firm Hand, Large Heart"
- Bridging Activism and Policymaking
- A View from the Inside
- U.S. Civil Liberties In September 11's Wake
- Israeli Exceptionalism?
- Crackdown with a Blessing
- "Responding to Vigilantism" (response to Innocent Chukwuma)
- "Human Rights and Defense against Terror in Israeli Policy" (response to Rabbi Jeremy Milogrom)