Few names are so closely connected with the cause of human rights as that of Mary Robinson. As former President of Ireland, she was ideally positioned for passionately and eloquently arguing the case for human rights around the world. Over five tumultuous years that included the tragic events of 9/11, she offered moral leadership and vision to the global human rights movement. This volume is a unique account in Robinson's own words of her campaigns as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. A Voice for Human Rights offers an edited collection of Robinson's public addresses, given between 1997 and 2002, when she served as High Commissioner. The book also provides the first in-depth account of the work of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights. With a foreword by Kofi Annan and an afterword by Louise Arbour, the current High Commissioner for Human Rights, the book will be of interest to all concerned with international human rights, international relations, development, and politics.
Mary Robinson is former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997-2002, and former President of Ireland, 1990-97. She now leads Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. Kevin Boyle is Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Kofi Annan of Ghana was the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations, from 1997 to 2004. Louise Arbour is current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She began her term in 2004.
Foreword by Kofi Annan Introduction by Kevin Boyle PART I: A VISION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Chapter 1: A Personal Vision PART II: FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY AND NONDISCRIMINATION Chapter 2: The Struggle against Racism Chapter 3: Women's Rights Are Human Rights Chapter 4: Eliminating Religious Discrimination and Intolerance Chapter 5: Combating Other Discrimination and Exclusion PART III: DIMENSIONS OF THE MANDATE OF HIGH COMMISSIONER Chapter 6: Human Rights Defenders Chapter 7: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Chapter 8: The Right to Development Chapter 9: Human Rights Education Chapter 10: Children's Rights Chapter 11: Minorities and Indigenous Peoples Chapter 12: Human Rights after Conflict Chapter 13: Business and Human Rights PART IV: BUILDING HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION Chapter 14: The High Commissioner and the United Nations Human Rights System Chapter 15: Supporting United Nations Human Rights Bodies Chapter 16: Working with Countries and Regions Chapter 17: Strengthening National Human Rights Protection PART V: CONTINUING CHALLENGES Chapter 18: Mainstreaming Human Rights Chapter 19: Terrorism, Peace, and Human Security Chapter 20: Ethical Globalization Farewell Speech Afterword by Louise Arbour Appendix 1 Key International Legal Instruments Appendix 2 General Assembly Resolution 48/141 Notes Editorial Acknowledgments Index
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