International Citizens' Tribunals: Mobilizing Public Opinion to Advance Human Rights

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Faced with injustice, what can a concerned citizen do? In 1933, when Hitler blamed Communists for setting the Reichstag on fire, European and American lawyers responded by staging a countertrial, which proved them innocent and eventually led to their release, launching a new unofficial way of advancing human rights. This book is the first full account of citizens' tribunals. It tells the history of such tribunals from this first success to the mixed record of subsequent efforts: the Moscow show trials, the ...

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Faced with injustice, what can a concerned citizen do? In 1933, when Hitler blamed Communists for setting the Reichstag on fire, European and American lawyers responded by staging a countertrial, which proved them innocent and eventually led to their release, launching a new unofficial way of advancing human rights. This book is the first full account of citizens' tribunals. It tells the history of such tribunals from this first success to the mixed record of subsequent efforts: the Moscow show trials, the American war in Vietnam, Japanese sexual slavery, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the excesses of “global capitalism.”

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The authors (political science and international relations, Rutgers U.) provide an account of the practice of the citizens' tribunal, a grassroots- driven practice that has been used in a number of political situations to establish accountability and gain much-needed media attention for human rights. Cases examined include the Reichstag fire case, the Moscow show trials, case, and the Vietnam War crimes case. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312293871
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/20/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Jay Klinghoffer is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Camden, and has served as an adviser to US governmental agencies.

Judith Apter Klinghoffer is Senior Research Associate in international relations at Rutgers University as well as President of Global Perspectives Cross-Cultural Consultants. She is author of Vietnam, Jews, and the Middle East: Unintended Consequences.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviation of Citations
Ch. I Citizens' Power 1
The Reichstag Fire Case
Ch. II The Berlin Cauldron 11
Ch. III Rallying to the Defence 19
Ch. IV Showdown in Leipzig 31
Ch. V Aftermath 43
The Moscow Show Trials Case
Ch. VI Deep Freeze 51
Ch. VII A Tribunal Crystallizes 63
Ch. VIII South of the Border 79
Ch. IX Deliberations and Recriminations 91
The Vietnam War Crimes Case
Ch. X The Activist Philosopher 103
Ch. XI Plan of Action 111
Ch. XII Behind the Scenes at Stockholm 123
Ch. XIII The Swedish Context 139
Ch. XIV Second Wind 149
Continuum
Ch. XV Proliferation 163
Ch. XVI Agenda for Reform 187
Notes 195
Index 243
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