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Human Rights Questions, but No Answers

Harsh Sethi Development, Ethnicity and Human Rights in South Asia by Ross Mallick; Sage Publications, Delhi, 1998; pp 375, Rs 425. MOST current tracts on human rights locate themselves within the Amnesty International-Asia Watch framework a preoccupation with the UN convention on Civil and Political Rights, Without for a moment downplaying the importance of the bourgeois' freedoms and rights to the inviolability of the person and his property, it must be admitted that unending statistics on illegal detention, torture in custody, disappearances, absence of 'a rule of law' (particularly procedural) and encounter deaths tell us little about the societies in question, except that they do not match up to the 'standards' set up by the west.

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