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The International Human Rights Movement: A History
Title : The International Human Rights Movement: A History
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ISBN : 9780691135151
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 379

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 theDuring 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.


The International Human Rights Movement: A History Reviews

  • Zain Haider

    Neier has been at the centre of the development of this concept and from sheer experience has become a very good academic; there are a lot of cases in the book that trace the development of 'Human Rights' and some analysis of "What are 'Rights?" (Section 2) is very holistic, indeed, but Neier fails to accord due attention to the theoretical conception of Human Rights, doesn't talk enough about the development of and in Gender-Equality and doesn't really give any solutions to the problems he iden [...]

  • Rflutist

    This is an excellent book if you are looking for an overview of human rights history. The only reason it does not get five stars is that the language slows the pace of reading. It will be a keeper on my reference shelf.

  • Mills College Library

    323 N3974 2012

  • Nancy

    A critical read for anyone concerned about international politics

  • Rebecca Hilton

    Enjoyed this book, but it was extremely US-centric, which I found annoying.