Universalizing Human Rights in the Global Age: UN Documents on the Abolition of Slavery
The article begins by explaining the historical conditions for the emergence of a universalizing approach to the ethical and legal realities of humankind. In the present age of globalization, the international deployment and state legitimation of such an approach approximates a worldwide scale. Human rights constitute one particular area of such an ethical and legal universalization. To both explain and exemplify how the universalization of human rights evolves in the modern world, the article discusses UN documents on the abolition of slavery, slave trade, and institutions and practices similar to slavery. The article ends by paying special attention to the underlying suppositions of the UN documents under question. These suppositions must be taken into account for a balanced interpretation of such documents.
Key Words: universalization, human rights, United Nations, convention, slavery