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Human rights activism and salafi-jihadi violence

Bhatt, Chetan ORCID: 0000-0002-4025-4203 (2019) Human rights activism and salafi-jihadi violence. International Journal of Human Rights, 23 (5). 798 - 818. ISSN 1364-2987

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13642987.2017.1314643


The legal defence and high-profile campaigning by progressive human rights organisations representing or working on behalf of Al Qaeda fighters and supporters has generated furious debate internationally over the past decade. In the context of a rights-based perspective, this article explores two case studies, one related to a United States progressive, human rights delegation’s visit to Pakistan to protest drone strikes, and another focusing on the activities of a self-described human rights organisation working in the United Kingdom for those detained during the ‘global war on terror’. The article focuses on the left-wing and progressive arguments related to these two cases to examine some broader issues about the orientation of the political left to political violence, the nature of reactive human rights approaches to imperialism and war, and the prospects for more visionary orientations regarding human rights and political change.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 13:38
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:31

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