Refugee Refusals: Human Rights and Humanitarianism since 1948

Engaged universals never actually take over the world; their universalism is situational.“
—Harri Englund, Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor[1]

As Hannah Arendt anticipated in 1951, refugees have become a major issue in contemporary societies. Writing just three years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had been adopted in 1948, Arendt argued that refugees exposed a fundamental tension between universal human rights and the sovereignty of nation-states. For Arendt, human rights were an abstraction; the only real rights were those possessed by citizens. Deprived weiterlesen...

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Dieser Beitrag wurde am 29.11.2018 auf dem Portal Zeitgeschichte-online des Zentrums für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam veröffentlicht.
Transnationale Geschichte 20. Jahrhundert übergreifend 1945-