Torture, genocide, discrimination, social security, and sustainable development. These are some of the issues central to human rights debates. What are the boundaries of state sovereignty? When and how can the international community interfere to protect the citizens of a state? What has been the human rights impact of the U.S.? Is the U.S. government above the international law?
Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat is professor of political science and women's studies at Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY.