Borders and Human Rights – A Paradox




The author considers various ways in which the concept of borders is relevant to an adequate understanding of human rights. He examines the role of nation states in human rights. He takes note of how contemporary claims of human rights could endanger the human rights project by violating the borders implicit in the concept of human rights. He examines the modern human rights foundational documents (such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and the recent report on unalienable rights from the United States.


Keywords: human rights, borders, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienablgh.