Taking a Stand The Evolution of Human Rights

ISBN-10: 0230112331
ISBN-13: 9780230112339
Edition: 2011
List price: $28.00
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Description: Juan Mendez has experienced human rights abuse first hand. As a result of his work with political prisoners in the late 1970s, the Argentinean military dictatorship arrested, tortured, and held him for more than a year. During that time, Amnesty  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 9/27/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Juan Mendez has experienced human rights abuse first hand. As a result of his work with political prisoners in the late 1970s, the Argentinean military dictatorship arrested, tortured, and held him for more than a year. During that time, Amnesty International adopted him as a "Prisoner of Conscience." After his release, he moved to the United States and continued his lifelong fight for the rights of others, and the lessons he has gleaned over the decades can help us with our current struggles. Here, he sets forth an authoritative and incisive examination of torture, detention, exile, armed conflict, and genocide, whose urgency is even greater in the wake of America's recent disastrous policies. Mendez offers a new strategy for holding governments accountable for their actions, providing an essential blueprint for different human rights groups to be able to work together to effect change.

Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina poet laureate and five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of three collections of verse, the children's book Shackles (2009 Silver Medal winner in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards), and Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights (with Juan E. Mendez). She is coeditor with Kwame Dawes of Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green (University of South Carolina Press). Wentworth teaches at the Art Institute of Charleston, and she is the president and cofounder of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts.

Foreward
Detention
Torture
Disappearances
Immigration
Solidarity
Law
War
Accountability
Justice
Genocide
Conclusion
Personal Postscript
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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