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The Divided WorldHuman Rights and Its Violence$
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Randall Williams

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665419

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665419.001.0001

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Who Claims Modernity?

Who Claims Modernity?

The International Frame of Sexual Recognition

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The Divided World

Randall Williams

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses how the foundational oppositionality between decolonizing praxis and human rights has been reconfigured since the early 1960s, as one formerly colonized nation after another achieved independence and as more and more political collectives on both sides of the international divide began to adopt the discourse of human rights. It then examines two social movements: the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission (ILGHRC) and the indigenous army of the EZLN (the “Zapatistas”). It examines the solidarity work from the global gay north as advanced by ILGHRC around a series of murders of working-class transgenders in Chiapas, Mexico, between 1991 and 1993 as well as the murders of five affluent gay men in Mexico City in 1992.

Keywords:   human rights, social movements, International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission, gay men, murders, transgenders, Mexico City

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