Human Rights Regimes in the Americas

Human Rights Regimes in the Americas

by Vesselin Popovski
     
 

The Americas have witnessed considerable progress in the field of human rights. Although painful legacies persist, large-scale, systematic human rights violations of the kind common during Latin America's dictatorships are hopefully never to return. Abuses of rights and challenges to the rule of law have not disappeared completely, but rather they have taken on a

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Overview

The Americas have witnessed considerable progress in the field of human rights. Although painful legacies persist, large-scale, systematic human rights violations of the kind common during Latin America's dictatorships are hopefully never to return. Abuses of rights and challenges to the rule of law have not disappeared completely, but rather they have taken on a different and elusive character. At the same time, the relatively good records of the developed North American countries continue to be undermined by their inconsistent approaches both at home and abroad.

Human Rights Regimes in the Americas examines the complex role of human rights norms and standards in the region's progression, illustrating the evolution and impact of international conventions, laws and institutions. The chapters combine historical detail with a focus on present-day challenges for regional and domestic human rights regimes, highlighting particular obstacles as well as successful approaches and strategies. Taking the reader through cases in North, Central and South America, the volume provides a rich account of the evolving regional environment for rights protection and promotion, which will be of particular interest to scholars of politics, human rights and law, as well as policymakers and practitioners at all levels.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789280811766
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Mónica Serrano is executive director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

Vesselin Popovski is senior academic officer at the Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University.

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