Decolonial Thinking and the Quest for Decolonising Human Rights

In: Asian Journal of Social Science
José-Manuel Barreto Universidad Católica de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

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This article offers an answer to the questions about what does it mean to think decolonially, and of how it is possible to decolonise human rights. It describes decolonial thinking as a material dialectics of a critique of Eurocentrism, a rescue of Third-World perspectives, and a dialogue between the two. It then takes this threefold movement of consciousness and political action to the field of human rights, and thematises some exemplars of each of the three moments, and of models of the decolonisation of human rights, including that of re-writing their history.

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