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The Christian origins of human rights

The notion of human rights has increasing political salience—but is it built on sturdy philosophical ground?

By Nick Spencer  

Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Spanish text

Shami Chakrabartis book On Liberty ostensibly retells her “personal and political journey” as Director of Liberty, the Human Rights organisation. For all its biographic framing, however, this Director’s cut is really the story of human rights and, in particular, their turbulent recent history in the UK. Although not what she calls a human rights “fundamentalist,” Chakrabarti is unyielding in her belief that adherence to…

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