The International Struggle for New Human Rights

Overview

In recent years, aggrieved groups around the world have routinely portrayed themselves as victims of human rights abuses. Physically and mentally disabled people, indigenous peoples, AIDS patients, and many others have chosen to protect and promote their interests by advancing new human rights norms before the United Nations and other international bodies. Often, these claims have met strong resistance from governments and corporations. More surprisingly, even apparent allies, such as Amnesty International, Human...

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Overview

In recent years, aggrieved groups around the world have routinely portrayed themselves as victims of human rights abuses. Physically and mentally disabled people, indigenous peoples, AIDS patients, and many others have chosen to protect and promote their interests by advancing new human rights norms before the United Nations and other international bodies. Often, these claims have met strong resistance from governments and corporations. More surprisingly, even apparent allies, such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other nongovernmental organizations, have voiced misgivings, arguing that rights "proliferation" will weaken efforts to protect their traditional concerns: civil and political rights.

Why are certain global problems recognized as human rights issues while others are not? How do local activists transform long-standing problems into universal rights claims? When and why do human rights groups, governments, and international organizations endorse new rights? The International Struggle for New Human Rights is the first book to address these issues.

Focusing on activists who advance new rights, the book introduces a framework for understanding critical strategies and conflicts involved in the struggle to persuade the human rights movement to move beyond traditional problems and embrace pressing new ones.

Essays in the volume consider rights activism by such groups as the South Asian Dalits, sexual minorities, and children of wartime rape victims, while others explore new issues such as health rights, economic rights, and the right to water. Examining both the successes and failures of such campaigns, The International Struggle for New Human Rights will be a key resource not only for scholars but also for those on the front lines of human rights work.

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"A tremendously important book. At its core, it is much more than an assessment of the efficacy and difficulties associated with employing a rights-based approach or framework to a wide range of grievances. Rather, it is a book about the possible, a book about the individuals and organizations who have refused to be satisfied with the status quo, and who have had the courage to try to convince others to see rights violations in places where they never saw them before. From this, we should take inspiration."—H-Net

"The International Struggle for New Human Rights moves beyond the assumption that only the most in need, oppressed, and marginalized groups have the ability to internationalize their grievances through civil society organizing. Specifically, the volume highlights groups that have recently and successfully utilized human rights framing and rhetoric to gain international support for their cause and traces the why and how of this process."—Human Rights Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812221299
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Series: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford Bob is Associate Professor of Political Science at Duquesne University and is the author of The Marketing of Rebellion: Insurgents, Media, and International Activism.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Fighting for New Rights Clifford Bob 1

2 Orphaned Again? Children Born of Wartime Rape as a Non-Issue for the Human Rights Movement R. Charli Carpenter 14

3 "Dalit Rights Are Human Rights": Untouchables, NGOs, and the Indian State Clifford Bob 30

4 Applying the Gatekeeper Model of Human Rights Activism: The U.S.-Based Movement for LGBT Rights Julie Mertus 52

5 From Resistance to Receptivity: Transforming the HIV/AIDS Crisis into a Human Rights Issue Jeremy Youde 68

6 Disability Rights and the Human Rights Mainstream: Reluctant Gate-Crashers? Janet E. Lord 83

7 New Rights for Private Wrongs: Female Genital Mutilation and Global Framing Dialogues Madeline Baer Alison Brysk 93

8 Economic Rights and Extreme Poverty: Moving toward Subsistence Daniel Chong 108

9 Local Claims, International Standards, and the Human Right to Water Paul J. Nelson 130

Notes 141

List of Contributors 179

Index 183

Acknowledgments 195

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