No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights

No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights

By Olivia Ball and Paul Gready

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Our inalienable human rights were enshrined over 50 years ago in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, what does that mean to someone who is tortured, denied education or work, or unable to find asylum?

This No-Nonsense Guide looks at the theories of rights and universalism. It explores the difficult task of protecting human rights in times of war, the advances in international laws that have led to some rights abusers facing justice, and the conflicts that can occur when rights collide with culture. While progress is being made in some areas, millions continue to suffer. As the war on terror is drags on, the question begs to be asked: Are we willing to sacrifice hard-fought rights for so-called security?

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Praise

I commend to you The No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights as a call to question, to think, to act, and to contribute.

– Reverend Desmond M Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town

Contents

Foreword by Archbishop Desmond M Tutu
Introduction
Chapter 1 A Powerful Idea
Chapter 2 Different Rights Make a Whole
Chapter 3 Rights in War and Armed Conflict
Chapter 4 Law and What it's Good For
Chapter 5 Other Ways of Securing Human Rights
Contacts and Resources
Bibliography
Index