The Church and Human Rights

Rowan Williams

Date: June 7, 2013

Location: Oxford

Baron Williams of Oystermouth, former Archbishop of Canterbury, explores the issues surrounding the term “human rights,” which has been criticized for being a Western and individualistic concept. “The West has an uneven record of bringing democracy to the rest of the world,” he says, “which is why the discourse on human rights is seen as shabby and deeply suspect. However, we should not accept this passively.”