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Global Good SamaritansHuman Rights as Foreign Policy$
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Alison Brysk

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381573.001.0001

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Global Good Samaritans

Alison Brysk

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the lessons learned, and suggests policy guidelines to enhance the strength, numbers, and role of global Good Samaritans in the international human rights regime. People can build a better world by nurturing every element of the international human rights regime. Global institutions, transnational civil society, and state human rights promoters are interdependent and synergistic. They can reinforce each other's efforts and must learn from each other's visions and experiences. People must also provide and renew the normative glue that cements global governance, preaching the cosmopolitan gospels of universalism and interdependence. Every year, millions of lives are saved because some government accepted refugees, sent aid, deployed peacekeepers, sanctioned a dictator, tried a miscreant, monitored an election, trained police, or sheltered a dissident. Global Good Samaritans are not martyrs or messiahs; they are simply generous bystanders who stop to help a stranger.

Keywords:   Good Samaritan, human rights, social capital, global citizenship, universalism

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