Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice (Stanford Studies in Human Rights)

Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice (Stanford Studies in Human Rights)

Jo Becker

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 080477451X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Advocates within the human rights movement have had remarkable success establishing new international laws, securing concrete changes in human rights policies and practices, and transforming the terms of public debate. Yet too often, the strategies these advocates have employed are not broadly shared or known. Campaigning for Justice addresses this gap to explain the "how" of the human rights movement.

Written from a practitioner's perspective, this book explores the strategies behind some of the most innovative human rights campaigns of recent years. Drawing on interviews with dozens of experienced human rights advocates, the book delves into local, regional, and international efforts to discover how advocates were able to address seemingly intractable abuses and secure concrete advances in human rights. These accounts provide a window into the way that human rights advocates conduct their work, their real-life struggles and challenges, the rich diversity of tools and strategies they employ, and ultimately, their courage and persistence in advancing human rights.

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worked really hard. The problem was that they were all relatively small, sometimes very small, without a significant amount of weight. They didn’t have much weight compared with what we were up against. What we were up against was not only the US, but in practice there wasn’t EU support for the straight-18 position. While the EU is traditionally seen as a standard setting group, in this case, they certainly weren’t there. And there was little support from Asia, because they didn’t see it as an

release, April 7, 2009. Available at http://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/article.php?id=1456 (accessed January 29, 2011). 26. Philip Hersh, “Juggling Free Speech for Beijing Olympics,” Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2008. Available at http://articles.latimes.com/2008/feb/12/sports/sp-oly12 (accessed January 29, 2011). 27. Rule 51.3 of the Olympic Charter provides that “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other

1996 of the conflict. The Special Court eventually indicted thirteen individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other violations of international humanitarian law. The indictees included members of the rebel Revolutionary United Front, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, and the government-backed Civil Defense Forces and Taylor. The Special Court indicted Taylor, then still serving as president of Liberia, in March 2003. His indictment included seventeen counts of war crimes

arrested in March and held for four days before being released. Other individuals attending the conference criticized the demands of the Coordinating Committee. Organizers heard later that some families were paid by authorities to attend and disrupt the press conference. These families had accepted government compensation and were reportedly told by the Gaddafi Foundation to state publicly that the state had offered compensation and that they didn’t need anything further.49 The conference lasted

Only his face was there. We asked the doctor to do something to his head so we could bury him, but they said we should just be grateful that we had a body to bury. —Jagdeshwaran, whose father was killed by a shell while riding his bicycle in a so-called no-fire zone in Sri Lanka in 20091 For twenty-five years, a brutal civil war raged in Sri Lanka between the government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers). The war was marked by gross human rights abuses

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