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Human Rights Development: Provenance, Ambit, and Effect 

Human Rights Development: Provenance, Ambit, and Effect
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Human Rights Development: Provenance, Ambit, and Effect
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Winton Higgins

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10.1093/med/9780199213962.003.0002
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date: 15 October 2019

Winton Higgins traces the historical emergence of the idea, culture, and institutional framework of human rights; the gradual spreading of the human rights net under the ‘ universal’ rubric from white males to many other human categories (black people, women, sexual minorities, etc), and eventually to people with mental disorders; and the process whereby abusers lost impunity and rights therefore became meaningful by becoming enforceable.

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