The Right to Development (RTD) is a new and highly contested right. Its emergence is linked to the demand for a ‘new international economic order’ by developing countries. Composite in nature and integrating civil and political rights with economic, social and cultural rights, the RTD approach underscores participation, a fair sharing of benefits, transparency and non-discrimination. The present volume explores the theoretical and practical aspects of RTD as an alternative to existing approaches to development. It brings together the reflections and insights of some of the finest scholars on the specific aspects of RTD.

An Essay on the Human Rights Approach to Development

An essay on the human rights approach to development
Siddiqur RahmanOsmani

Introduction

For a long time after the world community adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the international human rights discourse tended to focus rather narrowly on only civil and political rights. This was against the spirit of both the Universal Declaration itself as well as the deliberations that preceded it, which fully recognised the need to take an integrated view of civil and political rights on the one hand and economic, social and cultural rights on the other. The negotiations that followed the Declaration were supposed to culminate in a single unified covenant codifying all these rights. The politics of the Cold War, however, prevented ...

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