Human Rights

ISBN-10: 0199205523
ISBN-13: 9780199205523
Edition: 2007
Authors: Andrew Clapham
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Description: From the controversial incarceration of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, to the brutal ethnic cleansing being practiced in Darfur, to the widespread denial of equal rights to women in many areas of the world, human rights violations are a constant  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

From the controversial incarceration of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, to the brutal ethnic cleansing being practiced in Darfur, to the widespread denial of equal rights to women in many areas of the world, human rights violations are a constant presence in the news and in our lives. Taking an international perspective, and focusing on highly topical issues such as torture, arbitrary detention, privacy, health, and discrimination, this Very Short Introduction will help readers to understand for themselves the controversies and complexities behind this vitally relevant issue. Looking at the philosophical justification for rights, the historical origins of human rights and how they are formed in law, Andrew Clapham explains what our human rights actually are, what they might be, and where the human rights movement is heading.

Preface
Looking at rights
The historical development of international human rights
Human rights foreign policy and the role of the UN
The international crime of torture
Legitimate restrictions and questions of freedom
Balancing rights - the issue of privacy
Food, education, health, housing and work
Discrimination and equality
The death penaltyFinal remarks
References
Further reading
Annex: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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