• Marguerite Garling


The phrase ‘human rights’ has now entered into common currency, and is constantly on the lips of newscasters, pundits and presidents — which, some fear, may prove to be the kiss of death for the authenticity of the human rights movement. But, however much the human rights industry has become a standby of hardpressed editors and politicians, the movement in defence of basic human rights has always been solidly based on the largely voluntary and self-motivated initiatives of ordinary, unofficial individuals working to express their anxiety and concern. This has been the strength of the human rights movement, and is likely to remain so.

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  • Marguerite Garling

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