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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights : fifty years and beyond
Danieli, Yael.
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Amityville, N.Y. : Baywood Pub. Co., [1999]

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xxii, 465 pages ; 24 cm
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Containing contributions by specialists from the intergovernmental and non-governmental worlds and voices of victim/survivors, the book critically reviews the international and regional human rights systems established over the past 50 years in terms of their effectiveness for the victims of human rights violations, and provides future directions for the promotion and protection of human rights.

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This ambitious book, drawing on the talents of a "Who's Who" of international human rights, covers a wide range. With 30 chapters prepared by 43 contributors, plus a foreword by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, an epilogue by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and ten "voices" of persons who suffered for their human rights activities, this volume is organized around the relative lack of reparation for victims of abuses. While the international community has drafted and implemented treaties (global and regional) that can be used to condemn government (in)actions, it and individual states have not adequately protected individuals or averted their victimization. This theme is ably introduced by Theo van Boven, former head of the UN Centre for Human Rights. Women, children, indigenous peoples, refugees, migrants, and the homeless receive attention, among others. Intergovernmental organizations such as the ILO, UNESCO, and the new International Criminal Court, plus the treaties of regional organizations and the UN itself, also are examined. Breadth of coverage thus comes at the cost of depth. Far greater detail on the UN side comes, for example, in The UN and Human Rights, ed. by Philip Oilstone, (CH, Dec'93), but the concentration on victims makes this volume a useful acquisition for upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections. C. E. Welch SUNY at Buffalo

Table of Contents

Kofi A. AnnanElsa Stamatopoulou and Yael Danieli and Clarence J. DiasTheo van BovenB. G. RamcharanLee SwepstonJanusz SymonidesIrene MelupBacre Waly NdiayeMel JamesIan MartinRoger S. Clark and David TolbertMaria Suarez Toro and Shanthi DairiamKim Shim and Yoon ShimBiba MetikosMarta Santos PaisS. James AnayaHurst HannumMaria StavropoulouGraziano BattistellaMiloon KothariLeandro Despouy and Hugo Garcia Garcilazo and Eugene B. Brody and Julia Tavares de Alvarez and Julie DorfJamal BenomarPeter Thuynsma and Heather ThuynsmaTracy RooseveltM. Adama DiengSusana Chiarotti BoeroVitit MuntarbhornGudmundur AlfredssonMalgorzata FuszaraVaclav HavelBrian Engdahl and Marianne Kastrup and James Jaranson and Yael DanieliSusannah Sirkin and Vincent Iacopino and Michael Grodin and Yael DanieliTerry AndersonAndrew ClaphamRosa Anaya PerlaClarence J. DiasRussel Lawrence BarshAlwine A. de Vos van SteenwijkCheri HonkalaMary Robinson
Forewordp. v
Reflections by Nobel Laureates
Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Laureate in Literature (1991)p. vii
M F Perutz, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1962)p. ix
John Polanyi, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1986)p. xi
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate (1984)p. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Part I. Introduction
Voices: A Tribute to Human Rightsp. 3
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Laureate (1986)p. 3
Introductionp. 5
Part II. The United Nations Human Rights System
Chapter 1 The Perspective of the Victimp. 13
Chapter 2 A Victims' Perspective on the International Human Rights Treaty Regimep. 27
Chapter 3 International Labour Organization (ILO) Standards and Human Rightsp. 37
Chapter 4 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Promotion and Protection of Human Rightsp. 45
Chapter 5 The United Nations Declaration on Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Powerp. 53
Chapter 6 Thematic Mechanisms and the Protection of Human Rightsp. 67
Chapter 7 The Country Mechanisms of the United Nations Commission on Human Rightsp. 75
Chapter 8 Closer to the Victim: United Nations Human Rights Field Operationsp. 85
Chapter 9 Toward an International Criminal Courtp. 99
Part III. Human Rights of Specific Groups: Conceptual and Institutional Development
Chapter 10 Recognizing and Realizing Women's Human Rightsp. 115
Voices: Lessening the Suffering After Wartime Sexual Slaveryp. 127
Voices: Work Tools: Patience and Understandingp. 129
Chapter 11 A Vision for Children: The Convention on the Rights of the Childp. 131
Voices: John, An Australian Aboriginal Childp. 145
Voices: Alfredo, Abducted by RENAMO in Mozambique Susan, Abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army in Ugandap. 147
Chapter 12 Indigenous Peoples and Their Demands within the Modern Human Rights Movementp. 149
Chapter 13 New Minority Rights for the Twenty-First Centuryp. 163
Chapter 14 Searching for Human Security and Dignity: Human Rights, Refugees, and the Internally Displacedp. 175
Chapter 15 Protection of the Rights of Migrantsp. 185
Chapter 16 Homelessness and the Right to Adequate Housing: Confronting Exclusion, Sustaining Changep. 201
Chapter 17 Other Groups in Struggles Against Discriminationp. 219
Part IV. Creating a Culture of Human Rights
Chapter 18 Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights, Past and Present, Reflections for Further Developmentp. 237
Chapter 19 Human Rights Education: The Humanizing of a Global Societyp. 253
Voices: A Legacy for Everyonep. 265
Part V. Interface Between Global and Regional Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
Chapter 20 Interface Between Global and Regional Protection and Promotion of Human Rights: An African Perspectivep. 271
Chapter 21 The Rebellion of the Vulnerable: Perspectives from the Americasp. 283
Chapter 22 Protection of Human Rights in Asia and the Pacific: Think Universal, Act Regional?p. 295
Chapter 23 Human Rights and Victims' Rights in Europep. 309
Chapter 24 Human Rights in East and Central Europep. 319
Voicesp. 331
Part VI. The Trauma of Human Rights Denial and Violation
Chapter 25 The Impact of Traumatic Human Rights Violations on Victims and the Mental Health Profession's Responsep. 337
Chapter 26 The Role of Health Professionals in Protecting and Promoting Human Rights: A Paradigm for Professional Responsibilityp. 357
Voices: Freedom: Press, Speech, Expressionp. 371
Part VII. Mainstreaming Human Rights
Chapter 27 Peace, the Security Council and Human Rightsp. 375
Voices: We Also Have the Right to Dreamp. 389
Chapter 28 Human Rights, Development, and Environmentp. 395
Chapter 29 Changing Forces and Non-State Actors in the Struggle for Human Rightsp. 403
Chapter 30 The Poorest Teach Us the Indivisibility of Human Rightsp. 411
Voices: Is this America? The New Freedom Bus Travels the Countryp. 421
Epiloguep. 423
Contributorsp. 431
Indexp. 441