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Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, PhD, FRSC

Historical Amnesia, Genocide, and Rejection of Universal Human Rights

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann

published: 2013 | Published paper abstract | published work

This chapter discusses the historical amnesia that allows critics of the universality of human rights to ignore the lessons of genocide studies. Genocide is separated off into a distinct field of study, rather than being consulted as a guide to how and why lesser violations of human rights occur. Many critical scholars ignore the historical lessons of genocides whose victims were Western, instead of incorporating those lessons into their analysis of human rights in the non-Western world.

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