Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicization of Human Rights by Rosa FreedmanFailing to Protect: The UN and the Politicization of Human Rights by Rosa Freedman

Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicization of Human Rights

byRosa Freedman

Paperback | January 22, 2015

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Every year tens of millions of individuals suffer grave abuses of their human rights. These violations occur worldwide, in war-torn countries and in the wealthiest states. Despite many of the abuses being well-documented, little seems to be done to stop them from happening. The United Nationswas established to safeguard world peace and security, development, and human rights yet it is undeniable that currently is it failing to protect the rights of a great many people from the victims of ethnic cleansing, to migrants, those displaced by war and women who suffer horrendous abuse. Thisbook looks at the reasons for that failure. Using concrete examples intertwined with explanations of the law and politics of the UN, Rosa Freedman offers clear explanations of how and why the Organisation is unable, at best, or unwilling, at worst, to protect human rights. Written for a non-specialist audience, her book also seeks to explainwhy certain countries and political blocs manipulate and undermine the UN s human rights machinery. Failing to Protect demonstrates the urgent need for radical reform of the machinery of human rights protection at the international level.
Rosa Freedman is a lecturer at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham. She is the author of The United Nations Human Rights Council: A Critique and Early Assessment and has published many academic and media articles on the UN, international law and human rights.
Title:Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicization of Human RightsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:January 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190222549

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Table of Contents

1. International Law: What Law?2. The UN: A Brief Explanation3. International Humanitarian Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights Law4. Universal Rights or Cultural Relativism?5. UN Human Rights Machinery6. Look! We Did Something: South Africa and Israel7. Stop Shouting, Start Helping: Post-colonialism, Human Rights and Development8. Human Rights of Migrants: What Rights?9. The Great Powers10. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Hidden Abuses Across the World11. The 'Good Guys'12. It is Not All Doom and Gloom13. Alternatives: A Radical Proposal14. Alternatives: A Less Radical Alternative15. Alternatives: Reform

Editorial Reviews

"'If you want a short, readable guide to a field you feel you need to know a bit about, and an argument to react to as well, then this is the book for you." --Conor Gearty, Times Higher Education