Human rights, human development and human security form increasingly important, partly interconnected, partly competitive and misunderstood ethical and policy discourses. Each tries to humanize a pre-existing and unavoidable major discourse of everyday life, policy and politics; each has emerged within the United Nations world; each relies implicitly on a conceptualisation of human need; each has specific strengths. Yet mutual communication, understanding and co-operation are deficient, especially between human rights and the other discourses. The paper tries to identify respective strengths, weaknesses, and potential complementarity. It suggests that human security discourse may offer a working alliance between humanized discourses of rights, development and need.

human development, human needs, human rights, human security
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)
hdl.handle.net/1765/18749
ISS Working Papers - General Series
ISS Working Paper Series / General Series
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)

Gasper, D.R. (2007). Human Rights, Human Needs, Human Development, Human Security. ISS Working Paper Series / General Series (Vol. 445, pp. 1–32). International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/18749