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Left-Wing Extremism and Human Rights unfolds a mosaic of social issues, especially of the weaker and marginalized section, closely intertwined with internal security.
Based on an empirical study of the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) movement in Andhra Pradesh, once the citadel of LWE, it offers a deep analysis of the growth and consolidation of LWE in India. It also studies the profiles and roles of NGOs in promoting rights for which specific case studies have been undertaken.
As LWE and counter-extremist operations have become the major sources of serious human-rights violations in the country, the pan-Indian scenario of the movement bringing out its genesis, organizational structure, etc., have been elaborately dealt with in this book.
Chapter 1: Human Rights: Historical Background and Constitutional Framework
Human Rights: Historical Background and Constitutional Framework
The concept of human rights is perhaps the most powerful new addition in the international agenda. But the concept of an individual having inalienable rights has its origin in the doctrine of natural law and justice. These rights are based on the belief that all human beings are born free with equal dignity, esteem and honour. Thus, ‘human rights’ are the rights that every human being is entitled to enjoy and have protected. The underlying idea of such rights—the fundamental principle that should be protected in the treatment of all men, women and children—existed in some form or the other in all civilizations and societies.
Over two thousand years before Christ, we find ...