Torture, genocide, discrimination, social security, and sustainable development. These are some of the issues central to human rights debates. What are the boundaries of state sovereignty? When and how can the international community interfere to protect the citizens of a state? What has been the human rights impact of the U.S.? Is the U.S. government above the international law?
This work offers an insightful guide to the global struggle for human rights, the problems and shortcomings of the international human rights regime, and the resources essential to human rights studies.
From royal decrees in the ancient kingdoms of Persia and Babylon to the latest controversies over reform of the United Nations, establishing international human rights norms has been a recurrent, if sometimes elusive, objective in world affairs.
Internationally and domestically, controversies over human rights continue to fuel endless debate in politics, legal discourse, and the media. International human rights norms and treaties have helped to put Balkan war criminals behind bars, but genocidal acts continue in other parts of the world. Can governments, equipped with coercive power, eliminate human rights abuses? Who will counterbalance the increasing power of transnational corporations? How effective are the NGOs? Do human rights become a luxury under threats to the national security?
Features • Includes reproductions of key human rights instruments including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights • Contains easily accessible tables setting out the status of various nations in relation to the world's key human rights treaties
Highlights • Summarizes and analyzes the key debates and controversies in the modern human rights movement • Explores the economic and political factors underpinning human rights controversies and the ways in which human rights concerns have been used as a pretext for wars and geopolitical squabbles • Charts the emergence of human rights treaties and declarations from the Charter of Cyrus the Great in 539 BCE to the Charter of Fundamental Rights adopted by the European Union in the year 2000
Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat is professor of political science and women's studies at Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY. Her published works include Democracy and Human Rights in Developing Countries, Deconstructing Images of 'The Turkish Woman', and Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe.