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International Human Rights Movement: A History

by Aryeh Neier Princeton University Press
Pub Date:
04/2012
ISBN:
9780691135151
Format:
Hbk 392 pages
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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 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.


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

''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)

''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

“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
Aryeh Neier has been president of the Open Society Foundations since 1993. Prior to that, he was a founder and executive director of Human Rights Watch and executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. A contributor to many major publications, he is the author of 'Taking Liberties and War Crimes', among other books.