Freedom of Expression & Human Rights: Historical, Literary and Political Contexts

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This work provides a critical and contentious overview of the fundamental relationship between writing and political dissent, from early Greek democracy to post-Enlightenment forms of totalitarianism, such as Communism, Fascism, and Nazism and through to modern forms of liberal democracy based upon universal human rights encapsulated by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Complementing such historical contexts, this book explores the range of predominantly theological and religious, civil ...

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Overview

This work provides a critical and contentious overview of the fundamental relationship between writing and political dissent, from early Greek democracy to post-Enlightenment forms of totalitarianism, such as Communism, Fascism, and Nazism and through to modern forms of liberal democracy based upon universal human rights encapsulated by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Complementing such historical contexts, this book explores the range of predominantly theological and religious, civil and political, social and cultural rationales for contemporary repression, contending that in the modern age at least freedom of expression issues are deeply affected not only by national law but by factors of a trans-national nature. Additionally, through a review of key inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies, the book examines current geo-political trends in the denial of freedom of expression, highlighting post-Cold War and post-September 11 shifts in political and religious repression, a movement in the locale of freedom of expression issues and a heightening of global and trans-national dimensions in freedom of expression. A substantial series of appendices for scholars, researchers, and activists interested in furthering investigation of issues in writing is also included.

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“I write this Foreword as the current President of English PEN. As Dr. Gearon notes, this organisation has played a significant role in campaigning in the UK against the Government’s proposals to make the incitement of religious hatred an offence…Would that we had had this book to help us, with its calm and assured discussion of the history that lies behind our prevailing anxiety today.” —Alastair Niven
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“I write this Foreword as the current President of English PEN. As Dr. Gearon notes, this organisation has played a significant role in campaigning in the UK against the Government’s proposals to make the incitement of religious hatred an offence…Would that we had had this book to help us, with its calm and assured discussion of the history that lies behind our prevailing anxiety today.” —Alastair Niven

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845191580
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Liam Gearon is reader and director of the Centre for Research in Human Rights at Roehampton University. He is the author of several books, including Citizenship through Religious Education, Human Rights & Religion: A Reader, The Human Rights Handbook, and Landscapes of Encounter.

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Table of Contents

General introduction : one hundred years of censorship 1901-2001 : from the Nobel Prize to the Twin Towers 1
Pt. I Classic texts on writing and dissent : political, literary and historical contexts in freedom of expression
1 Plato : The republic 17
2 Saint Augustine : Confessions 29
3 Martin Luther : Ninety-five theses 39
4 Thomas Paine : Rights of man 54
5 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels : Manifesto of the Communist Party 65
6 John Stuart Mill : On liberty 78
7 Adolf Hitler : Mein Kampf 89
8 Chairman Mao : Little red book 103
9 The United Nations universal declaration of human rights 115
Pt. II Freedom of expression and human rights : contemporary historical, literary and political contexts
10 The state control of freedom : the UN and its intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) 129
11 Writing and human rights : towards a typology for the interrogation of dissent 142
Pt. III Appendices
I Charter of the United Nations (1945)
II Freedom of expression in international law : The United Nations and related regional inter-governmental instruments
III UNESCO convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage (1972)
IV UNESCO world heritage sites list (results by country)
V United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression : the mandate
VI United Nations special rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on freedom of religion or belief : the mandate
VII United Nations declaration on the elimination of all forms of intolerance and of discrimination based on religion or belief (1981)
VIII Freedom of expression : inter-government and non-governmental organisations : interet sources
IX The Nobel Prize in literature : awards 1901-2004
X Typology of dissent and a typology for interrogation of dissent
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