Inter-religious declarations of human rights: Grounding rights or constructing 'religion'?

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This article offers a critical analysis of four recent inter-religious declarations of human rights: (a) the 2008 Faith in Human Rights Statement; (b) the 1998 Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions; (c) the 1993 Declaration Toward a Global Ethic; and (d) the 1993 Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic. I argue that, although these declarations purport to provide human rights with religious support, they function in practice to define 'religion'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-64
Number of pages22
JournalReligion and Human Rights
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • constructing 'religion'
  • global ethic
  • human rights and religion
  • religious declarations
  • world religions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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