Human Rights, Minority Rights, Non-Discrimination and Pluralism
Publication Date: October 2018
Respect for diversity is a foundational component of human rights and minority rights law, and has been enshrined in international treaties, declarations and conventions for decades. As such, securing human rights is a necessary precondition for achieving pluralism. However, in order to be characterized as universal, human rights law has been created on the basis of consensus between elite actors, and in the interests of states. A pluralism lens on diversity issues can prove to be an invaluable tool in overcoming the structural limitations of international human rights law, and taking respect for diversity above and beyond the foundations laid by international actors such as the UN.