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Realizing UtopiaThe Future of International Law$
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The Late Antonio Cassese

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691661.001.0001

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The Possible Contribution of International Civil Society to the Protection of Human Rights

The Possible Contribution of International Civil Society to the Protection of Human Rights

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(p.76) 7 The Possible Contribution of International Civil Society to the Protection of Human Rights
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Realizing Utopia
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Mauro Palma

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691661.003.0007

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have benefited from the new opportunities offered by information and communication technologies to increase their visibility and consequently their presence in areas and countries that in the past were more objects of analysis than places of active presence, of direct membership of people living in them. We are plunged into a global cultural flow that conveys not just information but also ideas, representations of the world, languages, and images. The role of civil society is to bring this immersion to life as a factor for overall growth in the cultural construction of a community. Two suggestions are made: full and free access to the network and the construction through it of a diff used knowledge drawing on the experiences of individuals and associations and organizations; and emphasis on cooperation among NGOs, to overcome the risk of duplication or of competition, through the initiation of joint programmes aimed at raising social awareness and building common practices to monitor the actions of governments in the protection of rights.

Keywords:   civil society, non-governmental organizations, NGOs, human rights

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