The Politics of Human Rights Protection by Jan Knippers Black

By Jan Knippers Black

This crucial paintings argues that human rights abuse isn't really inevitably approximately remote places and peoples, and it really is neither incomprehensible nor inevitable. regardless of seeming consensus concerning the significance of human rights safeguard, abuse-based in inequality-continues to extend. This empowering booklet seeks to wreck via obstacles of lack of awareness, apathy, denial, and melancholy that permit respectable humans to tolerate indecent acts by way of their governments, and to arm a brand new iteration of human rights advocates with analytical and strategic instruments to avoid destiny atrocities.

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21 extermination camps led to one of the earliest conventions in what is now the international human rights regime, the convention that labels genocide a crime against humanity. As it turns out, however, it is easier to recognize such an abuse in retrospect than to recognize a case that is ongoing. Why is it easier to be outraged in hindsight? The most obvious reason is because dead villains—or vanquished regimes—can’t fight back. Another is that recognition of ongoing abuse implies obligation to do something about it.

Whose choice? What if mutually chosen mates are of the same sex? qxd 18 10/19/09 11:02 AM Page 18 Chapter 2 pursuer of happiness may pursue sex, but what if the pursued is not happy about it? Rape was rarely prosecuted, even in the supposedly developed world, until the 1970s. Date rape and marital rape are relatively new and still controversial concepts. 7 But surely there is a right to sleep, and by implication to sleep somewhere—if not in a public place, then in a private one. A place, then, must be bought or rented with goods bartered or money earned.

The European Convention has been incorporated into national law throughout the Council of Europe, and European documents and institutions, in continuous elaboration, have often served as models for initiatives in other regions as well as for global initiatives. qxd 40 10/19/09 11:03 AM Page 40 Chapter 3 on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights was adopted by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1981, and the Arab Charter on Human Rights was adopted by the League of Arab States in 1994.

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