Human Rights in the World Community: Issues and Action / Edition 2

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The best analytical work of leading scholars and activists in the field of international human rights is presented in this expanded and extensively revised second edition. The volume is specifically designed for educational uses by international relations, law, and political and social science classes.
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A reprint of the 1988 original. Now in need of revision. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812231540
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 International Human Rights: Overviews 1
1 Human Rights 14
2 Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights 31
3 International Human Rights and Cultural Relativism 42
Ch. 2 Basic Decencies and Participatory Rights 57
4 The Sovereign Territorial State: The Right to Genocide 69
5 Torture as Policy 79
6 Civil Rights 90
7 Race, Sex, and Religious Discrimination in International Law 101
8 Refugees: A Never-Ending Story 114
9 Human Rights on the Periphery: No Room in the Ark for the Yanomami? 124
Ch. 3 Basic Human Needs, Security Rights, and Humane Governance 137
10 Human Rights in Liberal, Socialist, and Third World Perspective 146
11 Realization of Social and Economic Rights and the Minimum Threshold Approach 158
12 The Right of Development as a Human Right 167
13 Self-Determination as a Human Right 175
14 Planetary Rights 187
15 Peace as a Human Right 198
Ch. 4 International Approaches to Implementation 215
16 The United Nations and Human Rights: More Than a Whimper, Less Than a Roar 227
17 Regional Human Rights Regimes: A Comparison and Appraisal 244
18 The Helsinki Process: Birth of a Human Rights System 256
19 Strategies for the International Protection of Human Rights in the 1990s 271
Ch. 5 National Approaches to Implementation 285
20 Human Rights and Foreign Policy 296
21 Humanitarian Intervention and American Foreign Policy: Law Morality, and Politics 307
22 Congress and Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Fate of General Legislation 320
23 The Case of Joelito Filartiga in the Courts 328
24 The United States Commitment to International Human Rights 340
Ch. 6 Nongovernmental Organization, Corporate, and Individual Approaches to Implementation 359
25 Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations 372
26 Scientists as Detectives: Investigating Human Rights 384
27 Multinational Corporations and Human Rights 392
28 "Looking and Thinking" About Human Rights and Revolution 401
Appendix: Selected Documents 413
United Nations Charter 413
Universal Declaration of Human Rights 419
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 424
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 432
Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 446
Contributors 449
Index 451
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