This book provides a comprehensive introduction to international human rights -- international human rights law, why international human rights have increasingly risen to world prominence, what is being done about violations of human rights, and what might be done to further promote the cause of international human rights so that everyone may one day have their rights respected regardless of who they are or where they live.
how the concept of international human rights has developed over time
the variety of types of human rights (civil-political rights, economic-social rights, as well as a delineation of war crimes)
empirical findings from statistical research on human rights
institutional efforts to promote human rights
an extensive listing of international human rights agreements
identification of recent prosecutions of war criminals in domestic and international tribunals
ongoing efforts to promote human rights through international aid programs
the newest dimensions in the field of human rights (gay rights, animal rights, environmental rights).
Richly illustrated throughout with case studies, controversies, court cases, think points, historical examples, biographical statements, and suggestions for further reading, International Human Rights is the ideal introduction for all students of human rights. The book will also be useful for human rights activists to learn how and where to file human rights complaints in order to bring violators to justice.
The new edition is fully updated and includes new material on:
the Obama presidency
the Arab Spring and its aftermath
the workings of the International Criminal Court
quantitative analyses of human rights
Michael Haas is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the author of more than 40 books on government and politics, primarily focused on human rights. He has recently analyzed the situations in Cambodia, Korea, and Singapore as well as the major war crimes of the twenty-first century.
1. Introduction 2. The Philosophical Basis for Human Rights 3. The Historical Basis for Human Rights 4. The Contemporary Basis for Human Rights 5. Civil and Political Rights 6. Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights 7. Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes Against Peace, & War Crimes 8. Quantitative Dimensions 9. United Nations Charter-Based Organizations 10. Other Treaty-Based Global International Organizations 11. American Approaches to International Human Rights 12. European Approaches to International Human Rights 13. Third World Approaches to International Human Rights 14. New Dimensions & Challenges