Human Rights Regimes in the Americas

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 ...

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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: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 0.57 (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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Table of Contents

1 The human rights regime in the Americas : theory and reality Monica Serrano Serrano, Monica 1

2 Why the human rights regime in the Americas matters Par Engstrom Engstrom, Par Andrew Hurrell Hurrell, Andrew 29

3 Democracy, human rights and the United States : tradition and mutation Tom Farer Farer, Tom 56

4 Strengthening the protection of human rights in the Americas : a role for Canada? Bernard Duhaime Duhaime, Bernard 84

5 Human rights and the state in Latin America Ramesh Thakur Thakur, Ramesh Jorge Heine Heine, Jorge 114

6 Human rights in context : Brazil Fiona Macaulay Macaulay, Fiona 133

7 Human rights and democracy in Chile Felipe Gonzalez Gonzalez, Felipe 156

8 Human rights in Cuba and the international system Ana Covarrubias Covarrubias, Ana 170

9 Actors and processes in the generation of change in the human rights policy of Mexico Alejandro Anaya Munoz Munoz, Alejandro Anaya 189

10 Battling against the odds : human rights in hard times Jose Miguel Vivanco Vivanco, Jose Miguel Daniel Wilkinson Wilkinson, Daniel 207

11 Human rights in the Americas : progress, challenges and prospects Nicholas Turner Turner, Nicholas Vesselin Popovski Popovski, Vesselin 228

Index 244

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