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Commission on Unalienable Rights Draft Report ‘Wholly Inadequate’

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July 30, 2020

The recently released Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights and its tack of boosting protections of certain rights while diminishing others is headed in the wrong direction right out of the gate. The American Anthropological Association’s position is that no one jurisdiction ought to impose its own interpretation of how to recognize and protect the rights recognized by other jurisdictions.

The draft commission report, which prioritizes religious freedom and property rights over the framework of international treaties and laws accompanying the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is wholly inadequate and flies in the face of a century of anthropological research and scholarship. This research places the concept of human rights in the more encompassing context of the broad sweep of cultures around the world and across human history, which defines the human element in human rights.

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For a more comprehensive look at AAA’s commitment to human rights principles, visit our updated Declaration on Anthropology and Human Rights.

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