The International Human Rights Movement: A History

The International Human Rights Movement: A History

by Aryeh Neier
     
 

"Aryeh Neier's insightful account of the human rights movement underlines the crucial role played by individuals and human rights defenders in speaking out against abuses. This book describes many of the human rights challenges that remain and is essential reading for all those wishing to understand the political challenges of our times."--Kofi Annan, former

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"Aryeh Neier's insightful account of the human rights movement underlines the crucial role played by individuals and human rights defenders in speaking out against abuses. This book describes many of the human rights challenges that remain and is essential reading for all those wishing to understand the political challenges of our times."--Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations (1997--2006)

"Human rights has become a global movement. Aryeh Neier was present at the creation of it, so nobody is better qualified to tell the story of its ongoing and epochal fight against brutality and injustice. We can all be grateful for Neier's life of activism and we can be thankful he has reflected on it with such insight."--Michael Ignatieff, University of Toronto and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

"Aryeh Neier has done more than anyone else to shape the values and practices of the modern human rights movement. His decades of experience give him a unique perspective to describe the key events and decisions that shaped the movement, to detail its major successes, and to outline the steps that must now be taken to meet the challenges ahead."--Kenneth Roth, executive director, Human Rights Watch

"With the intimate knowledge--and authority--of one who has been at the center of the international human rights movement for more than three decades, Aryeh Neier captures the movement's uneven but steady rise to the top of the agenda of the world community. The significant transformations chronicled here, and the struggles of the brave men and women around the world that made these changes possible, form a road map for the enormous challenges that still lie ahead."--Juan E. Mendez, UN special rapporteur on torture and coauthor of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

"This is a valuable, lucid, and timely account of the international human rights movement. Neier has the unique authority to guide the public's understanding of this complex landscape, and his book is full of information, vision, and wisdom."--Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University

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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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