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Human Rights at the UN: The Political History of Universal Justice: Book by Roger Normand

Human Rights at the UN: The Political History of Universal Justice

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ISBN: 9780253219343    Publisher: Indiana University Press Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 528        
Human rights activists Roger Normand and Sarah Zaidi provide a broad political history of the emergence and development of the human rights movement in the 20th century through the crucible of the United...Read more
Human rights activists Roger Normand and Sarah Zaidi provide a broad political history of the emergence and development of the human rights movement in the 20th century through the crucible of the United Nations, focusing on the hopes and expectations, concrete power struggles, national rivalries, and bureaucratic politics that moulded the international system of human rights law. The book emphasizes the period before and after the creation of the UN, when human rights ideas and proposals were shaped and transformed by the hard-edged realities of power politics and bureaucratic imperatives. It also analyzes the expansion of the human rights framework in response to demands for equitable development after decolonization and organized efforts by women, minorities, and other disadvantaged groups to secure international recognition of their rights.
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About the author: Roger Normand

Roger Normand is Associate Professor of Law at Lahore University, Pakistan, and co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Economic... Read more

Roger Normand is Associate Professor of Law at Lahore University, Pakistan, and co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights. He has lectured widely on topics related to international politics and human rights. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan.
Sarah Zaidi is Coordinator of Research and Information Systems for Earthquakes-Pakistan and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Social Rights. She lives in Lahore, Pakistan.
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Review:
Expert and rigorous in methodology, engaging in style, pragmatic yet principled and visionary, this indispensable book is accessible to students, activists, scholars, and practitioners. We all need...Read more
Expert and rigorous in methodology, engaging in style, pragmatic yet principled and visionary, this indispensable book is accessible to students, activists, scholars, and practitioners. We all need to understand how and why this system came to be the way it is today if we are to re-appropriate its humane vision and re-enact its humanizing power." Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Emory University School of Law "[I]t is a must read, as for on the most part it also reflects the power struggles and cynicism, which for instance, prevented a strong and effective UN human rights system...Zaidi and Normand, both human rights advocates for many years, have prepared a quite critical, readable and highly interesting book...Despite the usually attributed "international" character of the UN, the authors succeed in deconstructing the myth of the UN as uniquely global effort and identify it as a mainly US-sponsored project...The book further provides very interesting insights into the struggles, which accompanied the debates on the UN Charter...The book further impresses by offering an elucidating and detailed depiction of the struggles between the western powers, Soviet allies, and Third World governments...Normand and Zaidi have presented a quite readable account of the history of the UN human rights system." Katja Naumann, History.Transnational, Jan 2009
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