In practice the work of human rights is fraught with dilemmas, between normativism and pragmatism, radical or gradual demands, individual or collective assistance, and short or long term goals.
A set of studies on human rights dilemmas, paradoxes and challenges is recently published by the Journal of Human Rights Practice . The special focus edition includes:
- Ron Dudai, Introduction—Rights Choices: Dilemmas of Human Rights Practice
- Vijay K. Nagaraj and Shermal Wijewardene, ‘A Very Highly Political Job’: Human Rights Practice, ‘The Political’, and Practitioners’ Dilemmas in Sri Lanka
- Noam Hofstadter, Values in Practice: Dilemmas and Deliberations of Israeli Human Rights Organizations
- Alicia Ely Yamin and Rebecca Cantor, Between Insurrectional Discourse and Operational Guidance: Challenges and Dilemmas in Implementing Human Rights-Based Approaches to Health
- Jonathan Simon, The Cruelty of the Abolitionists