To be Equal and Free: The Nexus Between Human Rights and Democracy

To be Equal and Free: The Nexus Between Human Rights and Democracy
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
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Place of publication
Berlin
Date of Publication
December 2019
Number of Pages
29
Licence
Language of publication
English

Human rights and democracy are regarded as an interconnected and mutually reinforcing couple. The link between the concepts of democracy and human rights is stemming from the fact that human rights are one of the basic tenants of democracy. This paper seeks to explore the role of human rights in democracy, and specifically whether human rights is a necessary ingredient for its sustenance. Moreover, the paper considers whether the delivery of human rights is a consequential outcome of liberal democracy.

Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • The ambiguous relationship between democracy and human rights
  • The evolution of the international human rights system: achievements and shortcomings
  • The erosion of human rights and its impact on democracy
  • Repeated human rights violations: a failure of democracy?
  • Repercussions for civil society and human rights defenders
  • The implications of contemporary human rights violations for the future of global democracies
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • The Author
  • Imprint