Prolegomena of Human Rights. Historical Roots and Globalization

Author:Ana-Alina Dumitrache-Ionescu
Pages:208-215
European Integration - Realities and Perspectives. Proceedings 2015
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Prolegomena of Human Rights.
Historical Roots and Globalization
Ana-Alina Dumitrache-Ionescu1
Abstract: The paper Prolegomena of Human Rights. Historical Roots and Globalization analyses the
complexity of the history of human rights which revolve around an incessant struggle for the awareness of the
value of the human being. It is the history which defends the man, the human being, regarded individually or
collectively, who was subjected in the course of time to some atrocities and abuses, confronting itself with
exploitation, discrimination, oppression, slavery, torture and even extermination. Moreover, the historical
evolution of human rights knows halting places in which the concepts of human rights are accompanied by
ambiguity, by different meanings for different people and vary in accordance with the context. By way o f
resemblance, the problem of human ri ghts in the context of globalization which transforms human rights into
rights of the global citizen, rights which acquire ne w dimensions and significances imposed by the economic,
politic and social changes specific of globalization is approached in this paper. The global vision of the new
human rights involves both the opportunity to have a say when they are infringed for example, when they are
subjected to torture or terror, and where human rights abuses are carried out by the people, for example,
trafficking in human beings. (Ritzer, & Dean, 2015, p. 115)
Keywords: human rights; historical roots; Globalization Era
1. General Aspects about the Historical Evolution of Human Rights
With a likeness to laws, rights must not be regarded as unchangeable organizations pertaining to
different legislations or institutions but rather as dynamical and historical institutions modeled and
influenced by economic, political and social processes. (Ibhawoh, 2007, p. 17)
The complexity of the history of human rights revolves around a continuous fight for the awareness of
the value of the human being, a struggle that has lasted for centuries, cultures and different spaces
from Asia all the way up to Europe and from the Middle East all the way up to America and Africa. It
is the history which defends the man, the human being, regarded individually or collectively, a human
being who has been subjected in the course of time to some atrocities and abuses, confronting itself
with the exploitation, discrimination, oppression, slavery, torture and even extermination.
By way of resemblance, the historical evolution of human rights knows halting places in which the
concepts of human rights are accompanied by ambiguity, by different meanings for different people
and they vary in accordance with the context.
1 Senior Lecturer, PhD, Faculty of Law, “Danubius” University of Galati, Romania, Address: 3 Galati Boulevard, 800654
Galati, Romania, Tel.: +40.372.361.102, fax: +40.372.361.290, Corresponding author: alinadumitrache@univ-danubius.ro.

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