Languages of Human Rights in Timor-Leste

Webster, David (2013) Languages of Human Rights in Timor-Leste. Asia Pacific Perspectives, 11 (1). pp. 5-21. ISSN 2167-1699

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This paper examines the historical process by which Timorese embraced the language of human rights, and their transnational support networks as diffusion belts for “rights talk.” It argues for a two-way understanding of rights diffusion, suggesting that Timorese framing of rights have contributed to a global shift towards a wider understanding of human rights as more than simply civil liberties in the Western tradition. Human rights, in other words, is a language that has served the Timorese independence cause, and in turn informed that cause.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Humanities > History
Depositing User: David Webster
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 20:48
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