Critically discuss the following: “To deny that human rights are universal is to empower dictators who oppress their own people.”
Engage in reasoned debate about human rights universalism and cultural relativism.
• Analyse contemporary tensions between respecting cultural diversity and compliance with human rights norms.
• Display effective research skills and analytical processes in investigating the cultural issues raised by the rise of the global human rights regime.
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Engle, K. (2001). From skepticism to embrace:
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Mengetsu, D. (2013). Not a click away: Joseph Kony in the real world.
Merry, S. E. (2006). Transnational human rights and local activism: