An overview of human rights instruments to raise concerns about trade and investment polices.

Dominguez-Redondo, Elvira and Carmona, Magdalena Sepulveda (2009) An overview of human rights instruments to raise concerns about trade and investment polices. In: The global food challenge: towards a human rights approach to trade and investment policies. Murphy, Sophia and Paasch, Armin, eds. Brot fur alle [Bread for all], Bern, pp. 92-101. ISBN 9783981338102

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The promise of human rights posits the legal recognition of the de facto and de jure equality of every individual human being, irrespective of their gender, race, ethnicity or other personal or group identifiers. This simple idea was premised on the need to ensure respect for communities by protecting their rights against encroachment, and in seeking ways to promote their different identities should there be agreement to seek such protection within the group. The location of the discourse of human rights within the discipline of law was important: it articulated the need for justice over order and suggested the need for a fulcrum of a legal formulation of equality and non-discrimination. Sixty years after the passage of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights the realization of this dream of equality remains distant, which could be attributed to an overt emphasis on the civil and political components of human rights rather than an all-encompassing indivisible approach that focuses on the economic, social and cultural alongside the civil and political aspects. At the international level, human rights have an added value: they are the axiological horizon of rules governing relationships between international subjects. The lack of global solidarity towards their general realization is reflected in the paucity of structures and political will to effectively combat global inequalities, fight extreme poverty and set up a fairer international economic order. Only the international regime of human rights offers some binding international standards to infuse ethical values in the relationships regulated by international law.

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