International Human Rights Movement A History

ISBN-10: 0691135150
ISBN-13: 9780691135151
Edition: 2012
Authors: Aryeh Neier
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Description: During the past several decades, the international human rights movement has had a crucial hand in the struggle against totalitarian regimes, cruelties in wars, and crimes against humanity. Today, it grapples with the war against terror and  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/4/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

During the past several decades, the international human rights movement has had a crucial hand in the struggle against totalitarian regimes, cruelties in wars, and crimes against humanity. Today, it grapples with the war against terror and subsequent abuses of government power. InThe International Human Rights Movement, Aryeh Neier--a leading figure and a founder of the contemporary movement--offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of this global force, from its beginnings in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to its essential place in world affairs today. Neier combines analysis with personal experience, and gives a unique insider's perspective on the movement's goals, the disputes about its mission, and its rise to international importance.Discussing the movement's origins, Neier looks at the dissenters who fought for religious freedoms in seventeenth-century England and the abolitionists who opposed slavery before the Civil War era. He pays special attention to the period from the 1970s onward, and he describes the growth of the human rights movement after the Helsinki Accords, the roles played by American presidential administrations, and the astonishing Arab revolutions of 2011. Neier argues that the contemporary human rights movement was, to a large extent, an outgrowth of the Cold War, and he demonstrates how it became the driving influence in international law, institutions, and rights. Throughout, Neier highlights key figures, controversies, and organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and he considers the challenges to come.Illuminating and insightful,The International Human Rights Movementis a remarkable account of a significant world movement, told by a key figure in its evolution.

Acknowledgments
The Movement
Putting Natural Law Principles into Practice
What Are Rights?
International Human Rights Law
International Humanitarian Law
Defying Communism
Rights on the Other Side of the Cold War Divide
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
The Worldwide Movement
Accountability
Rights after 9/11
Going Forward
Notes
Index

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