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Maastricht series in human rights.
The safeguarding of human rights remains highly problematic, despite the proliferation of human rights instruments and the many actions taken by a variety of actors, such as governmental and non-governmental organisations, (individual) states and the international community over the past decades. Human rights violations do still occur on a large scale and injustice remains rampant. Central to this problem appears to be that social, economic, cultural and political structures in societies provide denialist defence mechanisms. Such deeply embedded denialism causes and/or facilitates human rights violations, because the true nature of the problems involved remains fully or partly unacknowledged and as a result appropriate action remains absent. In order to safeguard the effectuation of human rights it is thus pertinent to acknowledge and address this problem of denialism and develop strategies to move beyond it. To address the above-mentioned problem, an international conference was organised on the theme of Denialism and Human Rights by the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights in 2015, which brought together scholars, practitioners and students from various disciplines and fields to unearth and address denialism in the context of their own particular area of research. The present volume contains a unique collection of papers that were presented during the conference. The content of the papers ranges from more general reflections on the theme of denialism and human rights to more specific areas of research that are relevant in terms of denialism such as genocide, children's rights, the role of (inter)national organisations, penology, and social, economic and cultural rights.
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Introduction / Roland Moerland, Hans Nelen and Jan Willems Denialism and the problem of indifference / Willem de Haan Denial and acknowledgement in public responses to information about human rights violations / Irene Bruna Seu Diagnosing and dispelling denialism regarding children / James G. Dwyer Too close to home? : the denial of prejudice and discrimination against children / Jan C.M. Willems Denial of developmental needs of foster children by Dutch youth care services / A.M. Weterings, in collaboration with Jan C.M. Willems Crime in the intercountry adoption industry : towards a broader definition of child trafficking / Elvira Loibl The BBC documentary ' Rwanda's untold story' : acknowledging genocide or denying it? / Roland Moerland Fighting NS ideology and Holocaust denial in Austria : past and present perspectives / Johannes Keiler The Holocaust and its denial : a paradigm in our historical culture / Georgi Verbeeck Can the law understand the harm of genocide denial? / Rob Kahn On the breaking of consensus : the Perincek case, the Armenian genocide and international criminal law / Sévane Garibian Denial of genocide by bystanders in international politics / Fred Grünfeld International organisations and denialism : the case of the African Union / Konstantinos D. Magliveras Killing through the state in the Colombian war and getting away with murder : an exploration of organisational crime and Its denial / Michael Reed Hurtado Jim Crow 3.0 : denial, human rights, and American racialised mass incarceration / Cecil J. Hunt, II Justifying acts of denialism : the case of prisoner disenfranchisement in the UK / Samantha Morgan-Williams Poverty, just world thinking and human rights law : a study of the relevance of denial for normative legal research / Gustavo Arosemena Genocide denial and refugees : a lack of protection in international law? / Regina Menachery Paulose Climate justice : climate change and human rights / Zoi Aliozi A state in denial : the 'intentional' sexual transmission of HIV in South Africa / Annelize Nienaber Olympic idealism and human rights infringements : how athletes cope with an uncomfortable reality / Radka Babjaková, Sharon Deten, Jennifer Etoré, Kim Geurtjens, Roland Moerland and Hans Nelen Denialism and human rights : an afterword / David Nelken.