Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 15, 2007

byAndrew Clapham

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Today it is usually not long before a problem gets expressed as a human rights issue. An appeal to human rights in the face of injustice can be a heartfelt and morally justified demand for some, while for others it remains merely an empty slogan.Taking an international perspective and focusing on highly topical issues such as torture, arbitrary detention, privacy, health and discrimination, this Very Short Introduction will help readers to understand for themselves the controversies and complexities behind this vitally relevant issue.Looking at the philosophical justification for rights, the historical origins of human rights and how they are formed in law, Andrew Clapham explains what our human rights actually are, what they might be, and where the human rights movement is heading.

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Today it is usually not long before a problem gets expressed as a human rights issue. An appeal to human rights in the face of injustice can be a heartfelt and morally justified demand for some, while for others it remains merely an empty slogan.Taking an international perspective and focusing on highly topical issues such as torture, ...

Andrew Clapham is Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. He was the first Executive Director of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence. He then worked...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199205523

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Looking at rights2. The historical development of international human rights3. Human rights foreign policy and the role of the UN4. The international crime of torture5. Legitimate restrictions and questions of freedom6. Balancing rights - the issue of privacy7. Food, education, health, housing and work8. Discrimination and equality9. The death penaltyFinal remarksReferencesFurther readingAnnex: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights