Human Rights at the UN: The Political History of Universal Justice United Nations Intellectual History Project Series

Human rights activists roger normand and sarah zaidi provide a broad political history of the emergence and development of the human rights movement in the 20th century through the crucible of the United Nations, focusing on the hopes and expectations, national rivalries, concrete power struggles, and bureaucratic politics that molded the international system of human rights law.

. It also analyzes the expansion of the human rights framework in response to demands for equitable development after decolonization and organized efforts by women, minorities, and other disadvantaged groups to secure international recognition of their rights. The book emphasizes the period before and after the creation of the UN, when human rights ideas and proposals were shaped and transformed by the hard-edged realities of power politics and bureaucratic imperatives.


Eyes off the Prize

As world war ii drew to a close and the world awakened to the horrors wrought by white supremacists in Nazi Germany, the NAACP and African-American leaders sensed an opportunity to launch an offensive against the conditions of segregation and inequality in the United States. But the onset of the cold war and rising anti-communism allowed powerful southerners to cast those rights as Soviet-inspired and a threat to the American "ways of life.

Enemies and friends excoriated the movement, and the NAACP retreated to a narrow civil rights agenda that was easier to maintain politically. Carol anderson is the recipient of major grants from the Ford Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, and numerous awards for excellence in teaching.

The naacp understood this and wielded its influence and resources to take its human rights agenda before the United Nations. Thus the civil rights movement was launched with neither the language nor the mission it needed to truly achieve black equality. Used book in Good Condition. Her publications include "from Hope to Disillusion published in Diplomatic History and reprinted in The African-American Voice in U.

S. Her scholarly interests are 20th century American, and diplomatic history, African-American, and the impact of the Cold War and U. S.

Human Rights and Conflict: Exploring the Links between Rights, Law, and Peacebuilding

Yet, chiefly because three different schools of thought―human rights, our understanding of this relationship has long been fragmentary, despite its importance, conflict resolution, and international law―have offered three different and often contradictory perspectives. This much-needed volume brings these perspectives together to create a composite picture of the relationship between human rights and conflict.

Jeffrey W. Used book in Good Condition. With its cutting-edge analyses and timely coverage of Iraq and counterterrorism measures, for instance, it also offers considerable food for thought for seasoned practitioners and advocates. Julie mertus, a former senior fellow at the Institute, is an associate professor at American University.

Helsing is dean of curriculum, at USIP's Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. The relationship between human rights and conflict is dynamic, complex, and powerful, constantly shaping and reshaping the course of both peace and war. From human rights abuses that precipitate violence, through third-party interventions and humanitarian relief efforts, to the negotiation of peace agreements and the building of peace, the volume lays out the actors and issues involved and analyzes the attendant dynamics and dilemmas.

Comprehensive, and highly readable, authoritative, this volume is an invaluable resource for professors and their students. The book’s distinguished contributors do not disguise the differences among them―indeed, some chapters are followed by commentaries offering an alternative view of the same subject―but they also explore the numerous ways in which human rights advocates, peacebuilders, negotiators, and relief agencies can advance and reinforce each other’s work.

Human rights and conflict is divided into three parts, each capturing the role played by human rights at a different stage in the conflict cycle.

Imperialism and Human Rights: Colonial Discourses of Rights and Liberties in African History SUNY series in Human Rights

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The Human Rights Revolution: An International History Reinterpreting History: How Historical Assessments Change over Time

Between the second world war and the early 1970s, citizens, political leaders, activists, protestors. Used book in Good Condition. The human rights revolution began with a disarmingly simple idea: that every individual, political beliefs, or ethnic and religious heritage, whatever his or her nationality, possesses an inviolable right to be treated with dignity.

. Used book in Good Condition. Stimulated particularly by the horrors of the crimes against humanity in the 1940s, the human rights revolution grew rapidly to subsume claims from minorities, women, the politically oppressed, and marginal communities across the globe. Bringing together renowned senior scholars with a new generation of international historians, these essays set an ambitious agenda for the history of human rights.

The book concludes with a look at the UN Declaration at its 60th anniversary. From this basic claim grew many more, and ever since, the cascading effect of these initial rights claims has dramatically shaped world history down to our own times. The contributors to this volume look at the wave of human rights legislation emerging out of world war ii, and the expansion of human rights activity in the 1970s and beyond, including the anti-torture campaigns of Amnesty International, human rights politics in Indonesia and East Timor, the emergence of a human rights agenda among international scientists, the Nuremberg trial, and the Geneva Conventions, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and the global campaign female genital mutilation.

And freedom fighters triggered a human rights revolution in world affairs.

Inventing Human Rights: A History

A tour de force. Gordon S. Used book in Good Condition. She demonstrates how ideas of human relationships portrayed in novels and art helped spread these new ideals and how human rights continue to be contested today. Wood, new york times book review how were human rights invented, and how does their tumultuous history influence their perception and our ability to protect them today? From Professor Lynn Hunt comes this extraordinary cultural and intellectual history, which traces the roots of human rights to the rejection of torture as a means for finding the truth.

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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Called “compelling” and “thought-provoking” by kirkus reviews, Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the rising movement to challenge the policies, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, practices, unstable, and often unsafe futures.

Used book in Good Condition. Praised by voices as wide-ranging as gloria steinem and roland martin, and highlighted for the audiences of Elle and Jet right alongside those of EdWeek and the Leonard Lopate Show, Pushout is a book that “will stay with you long after you turn the final page” Bookish. The “powerful” michelle alexander exploration—featured by the atlantic, new york magazine, NPR, and others—of the harsh and harmful experiences confronting Black girls in schools In a work that Lisa Delpit calls “imperative reading, Essence, the Washington Post, ” Monique W.

Used book in Good Condition. W w norton Company. Morris black stats, administrators, too beautiful for words chronicles the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish.

. Called a book “for everyone who cares about children” by the Washington Post, Morris’s illumination of these critical issues is “timely and important” Booklist at a moment when Black girls are the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system.

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

A timely examination of the ways black women, police brutality, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling,  and immigration enforcement. Invisible no more is a timely examination of how Black women, and women of color experience racial profiling, Indigenous women, police brutality, and immigration enforcement.

. Placing stories of individual women—such as sandra bland, dajerria becton, monica jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, Rekia Boyd, it documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we devote to achieving it.

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Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights

Their influence was magnified by the highly effective nature of Asian, Arab, and African diplomacy in the UN human rights bodies and the sheer numerical superiority of the so-called Afro-Asian bloc. Used book in Good Condition. Beacon. Owing to the nature of general assembly procedure, the Third World states dominated the human rights agenda, and enthusiastic support for universal human rights was replaced by decades of authoritarianism and an increasingly strident rejection of the ideas laid out in the Universal Declaration.

In decolonization and the evolution of International Human Rights, Roland Burke explores the changing impact of decolonization on the UN human rights program. Far from being excluded, asian, African, and Middle Eastern diplomats were powerful agents in both advancing and later obstructing the promotion of human rights.

. Used book in Good Condition. By recovering the contributions of those asian, burke demonstrates the central importance of Third World influence across the most pivotal battles in the United Nations, African, from those that secured the principle of universality, to the passage of the first binding human rights treaties, and Arab voices that joined the global rights debate, to the flawed but radical step of studying individual pleas for help.

In the decades following the triumphant proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the UN General Assembly was transformed by the arrival of newly independent states from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. This diverse constellation of states introduced new ideas, methods, and priorities to the human rights program.

Drawing on un transcripts, and the personal papers of key historical actors, archives, this book challenges the notion that the international rights order was imposed on an unwilling and marginalized Third World.

Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

Used book in Good Condition. But their plans were foiled as a neoliberal faith in markets triumphed instead. Moyn places the career of the human rights movement in relation to this disturbing shift from the egalitarian politics of yesterday to the neoliberal globalization of today. In its place, market fundamentalism has emerged as the dominant force in national and global economies.

Beacon. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Samuel moyn breaks new ground in examining the relationship between human rights and economic fairness. Even as state violations of political rights garnered unprecedented attention due to human rights campaigns, a commitment to material equality disappeared.

In the wake of two world wars and the collapse of empires, new states tried to take welfare beyond its original European and American homelands and went so far as to challenge inequality on a global scale. W w norton Company. In this provocative book, samuel moyn analyzes how and why we chose to make human rights our highest ideals while simultaneously neglecting the demands of a broader social and economic justice.

In a pioneering history of rights stretching back to the bible, Not Enough charts how twentieth-century welfare states, concerned about both abject poverty and soaring wealth, resolved to fulfill their citizens’ most basic needs without forgetting to contain how much the rich could tower over the rest.

. If we don’t address the growing global phenomenon of economic inequality, the human rights movement as we know it cannot survive or flourish.

The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History

Used book in Good Condition. In this pioneering book, samuel Moyn elevates that extraordinary transformation to center stage and asks what it reveals about the ideal’s troubled present and uncertain future. For some, the age of the american and french revolutions, human rights stretch back to the dawn of Western civilization, or the post–World War II moment when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was framed.

But as the ideal of human rights enters into rival political agendas, it requires more vigilance and scrutiny than when it became the watchword of our hopes. Across eastern and western europe, as well as throughout the United States and Latin America, human rights crystallized in a few short years as social activism and political rhetoric moved it from the hallways of the United Nations to the global forefront.

. Revisiting these episodes in a dramatic tour of humanity’s moral history, The Last Utopia shows that it was in the decade after 1968 that human rights began to make sense to broad communities of people as the proper cause of justice. Yet the very concept on which the movement is based became familiar only a few decades ago when it profoundly reshaped our hopes for an improved humanity.

It was on the ruins of earlier political utopias, Moyn argues, that human rights achieved contemporary prominence. W w norton Company. The morality of individual rights substituted for the soiled political dreams of revolutionary communism and nationalism as international law became an alternative to popular struggle and bloody violence.

Human rights offer a vision of international justice that today’s idealistic millions hold dear.