Transforming Human Rights through Decolonial Lens

  • Davinia Gómez Sánchez Universidad de Deusto
Keywords: human rights, eurocentrism, decoloniality, alternative epistemologies, Ingigenous peoples, development

Abstract

This article problematizes the Human Rights conceptualization embodied in the International Human Rights Law corpus. It considers human rights as a Western construct rooted in a particular historical context, located in a specific ideological background and grounded in a concrete socio-cognitive system. Thus, in disregard of features of non-dominant cultures, the mainstream human rights grammar became a discourse of empire. Building on TWAIL and decolonial theory, this article challenges that hegemonic human rights discourse while providing a justification for incorporating other conceptualizations of rights through an inter-epistemic conversation with alternative world-views.

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2020-12-15
How to Cite
Gómez Sánchez, D. (2020). Transforming Human Rights through Decolonial Lens. The Age of Human Rights Journal, (15), 276-303. https://doi.org/10.17561/tahrj.v15.5818
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