Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty
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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty

Edited by Martha F. Davis, Morten Kjaerum and Amanda Lyons

This important Research Handbook explores the nexus between human rights, poverty and inequality as a critical lens for understanding and addressing key challenges of the coming decades, including the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. The Research Handbook starts from the premise that poverty is not solely an issue of minimum income and explores the profound ways that deprivation and distributive inequality of power and capability relate to economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.
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Chapter 32: Corruption as a human rights violation

Khulekani Moyo

Abstract

In response to the phenomenon of corruption, individual states and civil society have started to focus on the relationship between corruption and human rights. A critical legal question that this chapter seeks to address when drawing a nexus between corruption and human rights is whether corrupt acts can and must be regarded as human rights violations. This chapter demonstrates that the thrust of the argument to infuse human rights in the fight against corruption is that corruption has identifiable victims. The victim-oriented approach stemming from a human rights-based approach in the fight against corruption could complement the existing approaches to curb corruption. Importantly, elevating any issue to the level of a human right is that it establishes a universal norm that becomes more difficult to disregard and emphasises the duties of states, and in some cases non-state actors, as well as the rights of those negatively impacted by corruption.

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