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date: 12 May 2021

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Human rights are at a crossroads. Their normative force is being questioned as never before, while the practical politics of doing activism using the human rights framework has encountered significant pushback in a world of rising populism, authoritarianism, and declining Western power. In this chapter I look at issues with human rights on three dimensions—foundations, qualifications, and personhood—before assessing in detail the empirical difficulties rights advocates face in an increasingly multipolar, post-Western world. I conclude by arguing that the future of human rights in terms of real world impact looks uncertain at best and bleak at worst.

Keywords: human rights, populism, endtimes, multipolarity, post-Western world

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