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Human Rights

  1. Hugh Starkey

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0517

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Starkey, H. 2012. Human Rights. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Human rights provide a way of looking at the world. Since the publication of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR; United Nations General Assembly, 1948), all human beings have potential access to a shared language to describe and name ways in which human dignity may be violated and can be protected. This is facilitated by the existence of 375 different language versions of the Declaration, demonstrating a commitment by the United Nations (UN) to communicating directly with people irrespective of the official status of their language.


  • bilingualism;
  • endangered languages;
  • language policy;
  • citizenship;
  • civil rights;
  • identity politics