Author: A Compilation
Editor(s): Stephen P Marks
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761932127
The Right to Development (RTD), a concept that emerged in the 1970s, is one of the most debated and contentious issues in international relations. RTD builds on the rights based approach to development, seeking to integrate the norms and principles of human rights with policies and plans to promote development. Despite its importance for the word's poor and dispossessed, a great deal of definitional confusion still surrounds the concept.
This primer introduces the concept of RTD as well as discusses its practical application in the Indian setting. It is divided accordingly into two sections, the first of which traces the origins and the evolution of the idea of RTD. This section identifies the defining parameters and content of RTD and focuses especially on the three rights-the rights to food, education and health-that have been identified as a good starting point for the implementation of RTD. The last chapter in this section underscores the importance of women's rights in order to emphasise the need to focus on safeguarding and promoting the human rights of vulnerable groups.
Part II covers substantially the Indian situation relating to RTD. The first chapter in this section provides an overview of the legal and institutional mechanism in India for the protection of human rights in general and women's rights in particular. The next chapter examines the implementation of the rights to food, health and education. The last chapter in this section details the functioning of Public Interest Litigation (PIL)-which has emerged in recent years as important mechanism for securing social justice-and the challenges and limitations of this mechanism.
Providing a comprehensive, lucid and innovative synthesis of current thinking on RTD, this book will be of considerable interest to human rights activists, government departments and planning agencies, and non-governmental organisations working in the fiels of development and/or human rights, while being of equal interest to researchers in the fields of development, human rights and law.
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Introduction: The Right to Development in Context
PART I: AN OVERVIEW
Introducing the Right to Development
The Rights to Food, Education and Health
International Framework for the Protection of Women's Rights
PART II: HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE INDIAN CONTEXT
Protection and Promotion of Human Right in India
The Rights to Food, Education and Health in the Indian Context
Public Interest Litigation: A Tool for Social Justice
Annexure I: Declaration on the Rights to Development
Annexure II: Right to Development: Some Issues
About the Centre for Development and Human Rights