Confronted by the charge of depoliticisation levelled at human rights frameworks and
interventions, I investigate the possibility of a politics of human rights at the core of
democratic politics. In doing so, I am guided by Hannah Arendt’s reconstitutive critique,
and Claude Lefort’s analysis of political modernity, which could be seen to converge
in a justification of a ‘politics of human rights’ and, even more specifically, of ‘the
political’ of human rights. Central in this regard is Arendt’s postulation of “the Right
to have rights”, which would meet the criteria for “equaliberty” (Balibar), a symbolic
division (Lefort), and intensive universality (Balibar), which, in turn, circumscribe the
concept of ‘the political’.
"Elections form a key component of democratic governance. Democracy denotes a political system that, among other things, allows citizens to freely choose their government over time through credible, legitimate and acceptable ...
"For a long time patriarchial African societies have denied women their rightful place in public life. There are certain cultural practices within these patriarchal societies, which impede the realisation of the human ...