The Left Wing Turn to Human Rights in Tunisia

Bidragets oversatte titel: Venstrefløjens skift mod menneskerettigheder i Tunesien

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This article explores the turn to human rights of Tunisian Maoist activists in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Many of these Tunisians later became human rights activists. I argue against prevailing views that ideological changes toward human rights in the late 1970s were the result of paradigmatic ideological shifts or the demise of socialist, anti-imperialist thinking, or an outcome of international human rights norm diffusion. Doubt or loss of faith in some or all parts of Marxism-Leninism led to a diversity of ideological transformations that were complex and hybrid. Drawing on interviews with former Tunisian Maoists, as well as on their writings, the article outlines the political and ideological environment in which they operated. It describes their solidarity work for political prisoners and explores their encounter with Amnesty International as well as the Tunisian League for Human Rights in its first years of existence, showcasing how multiple approaches to human rights existed among the activists.
Bidragets oversatte titelVenstrefløjens skift mod menneskerettigheder i Tunesien
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Middle East Studies
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)18-37
Antal sider20
StatusUdgivet - 16 feb. 2024


  • Aktivisme
  • Menneskerettigheder
  • Venstrefløj
  • politisk historie
  • fanger
  • Tunesien

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