Dr Harri Englund. Photo:Timo Ikonen

Human rights fundamentalism disregards the poor

What do African homosexuals, genital mutilation of Maasai women and Madonna’s adoption have in common? In all three cases, human rights fundamentalism is easily applied. At least anthropologist Dr Harri Englund believes so.
"Human rights are often the concern of organisations and donors. These concerns do not, however, necessarily reflect the claims of those whose rights have been violated", says Englund, who spoke at the 50th anniversary seminar of the Nordic Africa Institute on 21 May.
Read the complete article at  the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland's webpage.

Harri Englund is a former NAI-researcher and is currently based at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge.

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