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The International Human Rights Movement: A History
     

The International Human Rights Movement: A History

by Aryeh Neier
 

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ISBN-10: 0691135150

ISBN-13: 9780691135151

Pub. Date: 04/22/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

During the past several decades, the international human rights movement has had a crucial hand in the struggle against totalitarian regimes, cruelties in wars, and crimes against humanity. Today, it grapples with the war against terror and subsequent abuses of government power. In The International Human Rights Movement, Aryeh Neier—a leading figure

Overview

During the past several decades, the international human rights movement has had a crucial hand in the struggle against totalitarian regimes, cruelties in wars, and crimes against humanity. Today, it grapples with the war against terror and subsequent abuses of government power. In The International Human Rights Movement, Aryeh Neier—a leading figure and a founder of the contemporary movement—offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of this global force, from its beginnings in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to its essential place in world affairs today. Neier combines analysis with personal experience, and gives a unique insider's perspective on the movement's goals, the disputes about its mission, and its rise to international importance.

Discussing the movement's origins, Neier looks at the dissenters who fought for religious freedoms in seventeenth-century England and the abolitionists who opposed slavery before the Civil War era. He pays special attention to the period from the 1970s onward, and he describes the growth of the human rights movement after the Helsinki Accords, the roles played by American presidential administrations, and the astonishing Arab revolutions of 2011. Neier argues that the contemporary human rights movement was, to a large extent, an outgrowth of the Cold War, and he demonstrates how it became the driving influence in international law, institutions, and rights. Throughout, Neier highlights key figures, controversies, and organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and he considers the challenges to come.

Illuminating and insightful, The International Human Rights Movement is a remarkable account of a significant world movement, told by a key figure in its evolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691135151
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/22/2012
Series:
Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.21(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Chapter 1: The Movement 1
Chapter 2: Putting Natural Law Principles into Practice 26
Chapter 3: What Are Rights? 57
Chapter 4: International Human Rights Law 93
Chapter 5: International Humanitarian Law 117
Chapter 6: Defying Communism 138
Chapter 7: Rights on the Other Side of the Cold War Divide 161
Chapter 8: Amnesty International 186
Chapter 9: Human Rights Watch 204
Chapter 10: The Worldwide Movement 233
Chapter 11: Accountability 258
Chapter 12: Rights after 9/11 285
Chapter 13: Going Forward 318
Notes 335
Index 359

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