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Denialism and Human Rights

Edited by: Hans Nelen, Jan C. M. Willems, Roland Moerland

ISBN13: 9781780683690
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Intersentia Publishers
Country of Publication: Belgium
Format: Paperback
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The safeguarding of human rights remains highly problematic, despite the proliferation of human rights instruments and the many actions taken by a variety of actors, such as governmental and non-governmental organisations, (individual) states and the international community over the past decades. Human rights violations do still occur on a large scale and injustice remains rampant.

Central to this problem appears to be that social, economic, cultural and political structures in societies provide denialist defence mechanisms. Such deeply embedded denialism causes and/or facilitates human rights violations, because the true nature of the problems involved remains fully or partly unacknowledged and as a result appropriate action remains absent. In order to safeguard the effectuation of human rights it is thus pertinent to acknowledge and address this problem of denialism and develop strategies to move beyond it.

To address the above-mentioned problem, an international conference was organised on the theme of Denialism and Human Rights by the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights in 2015, which brought together scholars, practitioners and students from various disciplines and fields to unearth and address denialism in the context of their own particular area of research.

The present volume contains a unique collection of papers that were presented during the conference. The content of the papers ranges from more general reflections on the theme of denialism and human rights to more specific areas of research that are relevant in terms of denialism such as genocide, children’s rights, the role of (inter)national organisations, penology, and social, economic and cultural rights.

Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
Chapter I. Introduction
Chapter II. Denialism and the Problem of Indifference
Chapter III. Denial and Acknowledgement in Public Responses to Information about Human Rights Violations

Part I. Children's Rights
Chapter VI. Diagnosing and Dispelling Denialism Regarding Children
Chapter V. Too Close to Home? The Denial of Prejudice and Discrimination against Children
Chapter IV. Denial of Developmental Needs of Foster Children by Dutch Youth Care Services
Chapter VII. Crime in the Intercountry Adoption Industry: Towards a Broader Definition of Child Trafficking

Part II. Genocide
Chapter VIII. The BBC Documentary ' Rwanda's untold Story': Acknowledging Genocide or Denying It?
Chapter IX. Fighting NS Ideology and Holocaust Denial in Austria: Past and Present Perspectives
Chapter X. The Holocaust and its Denial: A Paradigm in our Historical Culture
Chapter XI. Can the Law Understand the Harm of Genocide Denial?
Chapter XII. On the Breaking of Consensus: The Perincek Case, the Armenian Genocide and International Criminal Law

Part III. (Inter)National Organisations
Chapter XIII. Denial of Genocide by Bystanders in International Politics
Chapter XIV. International Organisations and Denialism: The Case of the African Union
Chapter XV. Killing Through the State in the Colombian War and Getting Away with Murder: An Exploration of Organisational Crime and Its Denial

Part IV. New Penology
Chapter XVI. Jiw Crow 3.0: Denial, Human Rights, and American Racialised Mass Incarceration
Chapter XVII. Justifying Acts of Denialism: The Case of Prisoner Disenfranchisement in the UK

Part V. Social, Economic and Cultural Rights
Chapter XVIII. Poverty, Just World Thinking and Human Rights Law: A Study of the Relevance of Denial for Normative Legal Research
Chapter XIX. Genocide Denial and Refugees: A Lack of Protection in International Law?
Chapter XX. Climate Justice: Climate Change and Human Rights
Chapter XXI. A State in Denial: The 'Intentional' Sexual Transmission of HIV in South Africa
Chapter XXII. Olympic Idealism and Human Rights Infringements: How Athletes Cope with an Uncomfortable Reality
Chapter XXIII. Denialism and Human Rights: an Afterword
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