Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Davina Durgana


This research addresses two basic yet exhaustive questions dictating the field of human rights advocacy. The first question surrounds the feasibility of implementing a universal list of human rights across contexts, and whether the attachment of moral values to discussions of human rights further obfuscates the ability to enforce them. What are universal human rights, and how do culture and politics challenge efforts to implement them? Three case studies, the Iranian revolution, the Rwandan genocide and the Salvadoran civil war, provide the backdrop to discuss practical strategies underlying ostensible human rights interventions and the tipping points at which those strategic goals led to intervention. The second question addresses the practical approaches to elicit action against human rights violations and provide protections for those in need. How can local groups or actors most effectively appeal to international audiences for intervention in human rights violations? The goal is to provide clear analysis of how those advocating for intervention can effectively appeal to relevant strategies rather than morality in order to reach the tipping point sooner.


Human Rights Law | Inequality and Stratification | International and Area Studies | Politics and Social Change