How do we define human rights, and how do we protect them? Using vivid case studies from around the world, the authors illustrate how the concept of rights changes according to geography and culture.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights is the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to get into human rights, with plenty to interest the seasoned activist. Written by experienced practitioners and human rights educators, this is a power-packed pocket handbook of history, philosophy, politics, law and more – all the essentials to understanding and using human rights, from the basics of what our rights are, to how to beat world leaders at their own game.
It examines important critiques of human rights, from feminists and Marxists to cultural relativists and tackles contemporary controversies making headlines. Should rights be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism? Can torturers perform a public service? Should human rights take precedence over the environment? What good are rights for famine victims, or tsunami survivors? What do rights have to say about the misery and injustice caused by corporations? What about rights violated in the home?
Publication date: September 2006 (UK), October 2006 (US)