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

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

by A. Klinghoffer, Judith Apter Klinghoffer
     
 
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'

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312293871
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
04/15/2002
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.04(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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