HUMAN RIGHTS: PROGRAMME OR CATCHALL? A CANADIAN RATIONALE
AbstractIn this article the author examines the Canadian rationale for human rights. Through an examination of the various elements that have contributed to a growing interest in human rights, the author first discusses the history surrounding the development of this phenomenon both nationally and internationally. The author then examines the language of human rights in the Canadian context and in doing so, specifically discusses the range of meanings attributed to the phrase “human rights”. He then discusses the problems that result from those meanings and their relation to difficulties in formulating a human rights programme in Canada. In concluding his article the author makes several suggestions for the development of a mature and advanced human rights programme, and examines important steps that Canada must take if that programme is to be realized.
Keywords:Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
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