This is a comprehensive and timely guide to the United Nations (UN) human rights machinery.
Today, virtually all UN bodies and specialized agencies are undertaking efforts to incorporate the promotion or protection of human rights into their programs and activities. The United Nations and Human Rights examines these recent initiatives within the broader context of human rights practice. It provides the most up-to-date and incisive analysis of this increasingly important area of global politics. Issues that are examined include:
* the historical and philosophical development of the UN human rights system
* the UN structures and procedures for addressing human rights
* changes to the UN human rights machinery post-9/11
* the managing of international conflict
* the promotion of individual rights
* the advancement of agendas of social movements This book is essential reading for students and practitioners of human rights, international relations and international law.
About the Author
Julie Mertus is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, USA. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of ethnic conflict, human rights, refugee and humanitarian law and policy, gender and conflict, transnational civil society and post-conflict transition. She is author or editor of over two dozen academic articles and six books. She was formerly a fellow in human rights at Harvard Law School and a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Table of Contents
1. The Historical and Philosophical Development of the UN Human Rights System 2. Contemporary UN Structures and Procedures for Addressing Human Rights Issues 3. Key Criticisms 4. Evaluating the Success and Failure 5. The Future of the UN Human Rights Machinery
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We the people: In the united states and in ireland we have seen the sins of the catholic system in the world. Many children and also older people. We have had to take them to court in america and ireland and then there is seoul, south korea. Many here keep very still about the secrets of sins in the catholic church. I did witness this abuse in a seoul, south korean catholic church and reported the abuse to police and the National Council of Churches as they did not want to disappoint the catholic church by bringing this matter to them but they did, and they though this was a very small matter just jokeing around. 'I saw a catholic priest grab by the face and the nose and then hit the man on the butt side. As I witness the mans anger on his face. I steap in to help this old man I also was abuse as a american missionary going to a church of my free will. As other old people witness this matter, even inside the church forceing people to do communion services, and forceing them to make the sign of the cross, forcing them to take things in there mouth as not to there hands. We need to open this matter up very large to the world and see if other nations have witness these abuses. People fear the catholic system, and still many older people who have been abuse as children are still hidding in many nations as Korea. and in other nations. Yes! money is power to some people and these church pay alot of money to city, and nations. Abuse is a forceful act of evil spiritually and abusing the spirit and body to submit to the evil will of others. Ronald Ryan: Mission Missionary/aidworker