Ngo's And The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights / Edition 1

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When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted 50 years ago, Eleanor Roosevelt, its principal architect, predicted that a "curious grapevine" would carry its message behind barbed wire and stone walls. This book tells the extraordinary story of how NGOs became the "grapevine" she anticipated--sharpening our awareness about the violations of human rights, "shaming" its most notorious abusers and creating the international mechanisms to bring about implementation of the Declaration. Korey traces how NGO's laid groundwork for the destruction of the Soviet empire, as well as of the apartheid system in South Africa, and established the principle of accountability for crimes against humanity. The notion of human rights has progressed from being a marginal part of international relations a half century ago to stand today as a critical element in diplomatic discourse and this book shows that it is the NGOs that have placed human rights at the center of humankind’s present and future agenda.

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“William Korey's valuable study highlights the important role played by a new generation of nongovernmental organizations....” —New York Review of Books

“It is well worth reading.” —American Foreign Policy Interests

A study of the historic role played by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in helping to bring about compliance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proposed by Eleanor Roosevelt and adopted 50 years ago. Shows how NGOs helped sensitize mankind's conscience about human rights violations, and describes their creation of mechanisms to bring about implementation of the Declaration, laying the groundwork for the destruction of the Soviet empire and South Africa's apartheid system. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312238865
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/3/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Korey is a prolific writer of articles for popular and scholarly journals, and for the op-ed pages of such newspapers as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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Table of Contents

• Genesis: NGOs and the UN Charter
• The "Curious Grapevine": NGO Rights and Limitations
• Silencing the NGOs at the UN
• "Honored Guests": NGOs in the Struggle Against Apartheid
• The NGO Prototype: The Anti-Slavery Society
• An NGO Shifts Its Focus: The Pioneer International League for Human Rights
• To Light a Candle: Amnesty International and the Prisoners of Conscience
• A Call for US Leadership: Congress, the Struggle for Human Rights, and the NGO Factor
• Overcoming "Lingering Brickeritis": The Struggle for Genocide Treaty Ratification
• Heroic Reformers: NGOs and the Helsinki Process
• The Fuel and the Lubricant: NGOs and the Revolution in UN Human Rights Implementation Machinery
• A Rare, Defining Moment: Vienna, 1993
• Genocide and Accountability: The Role of Human Rights Watch
• Overcoming the Crisis of Growth: Human Rights Watch Spans the Globe
• The "Diplomatic" Approach vs. the "Human Rights" Approach: The High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Blaustein Institute
• Uncharted Terrain: Minority Rights, Ethnic Tension, and Conflict Prevention
• Ethnicity and Public Consciousness: Can Ethnic Violence Be Controlled or Prevented?
• The "Unexplored Continent" of Physician Involvement in Human Rights
• Mrs. Roosevelt’s NGO Takes on New Dimensions: Freedom House’s Changing Priorities
• "Asian Values": The Challenge to the Universal Declaration
• The Rule of Law and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
• Accountability Revisited

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