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Heritage and Human Rights

Williams, T; (2018) Heritage and Human Rights. In: López Varela, SL, (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences. Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, USA.

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Abstract

The universal nature of human rights was set out as for everyone without distinction in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. However, this text does not define the role of culture or of cultural rights. Much of the recent debate has argued that, while cultural rights cannot simply be placed on a par with human rights, human rights such as dignity and justice need to be seen as driving forces behind decision‐making with regard to cultural heritage and its management. Rights‐based approaches—which we might argue are an extension of values‐based approaches in that they reflect the idea that some values are rights, and not simply interests or concerns—could be a very useful construct for promoting critical debate on the values of heritage and on the decisions taken regarding its use.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Heritage and Human Rights
ISBN-13: 9780470674611
DOI: 10.1002/9781119188230.saseas0279
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119188230.saseas0279
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: heritage; human rights; rights-based; values-based; world heritage
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071840
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