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By Jo Becker

Advocates in the human rights flow have had notable good fortune developing new overseas legislation, securing concrete alterations in human rights regulations and practices, and remodeling the phrases of public debate. but too usually, the ideas those advocates have hired are usually not commonly shared or identified. Campaigning for Justice addresses this hole to give an explanation for the "how" of the human rights movement.

Written from a practitioner's standpoint, this ebook explores the recommendations at the back of the most leading edge human rights campaigns of contemporary years. Drawing on interviews with dozens of skilled human rights advocates, the e-book delves into neighborhood, neighborhood, and foreign efforts to find how advocates have been in a position to handle doubtless intractable abuses and safe concrete advances in human rights. those debts offer a window into the best way that human rights advocates behavior their paintings, their real-life struggles and demanding situations, the wealthy variety of instruments and techniques they hire, and finally, their braveness and patience in advancing human rights.

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Which he or she might assert, or demand, or enjoy, or enforce . . against some individual or group . . ’’ R. J. Vincent, Human Rights and International Relations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), 8. 2. Vincent, Human Rights, 7. 3. Ibid, 20–23. For very similar treatments, see Donnelly, Universal Human Rights, 9–10, and Henkin, The Age of Rights, 1–3. 4. Vincent, Human Rights, 19–25. 5. Agnes Heller, Can Modernity Survive? (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990), 145–48. 6.

45 By analogy, the community of states also needs institutions to act as agents to promote the practical observance of human rights. I hold that governments that respect human rights as a behavioral norm do so for one or more of several reasons: they think it is the right thing to do on the merits (they accept it as a prescriptive norm); they think it promotes domestic stability and prosperity; their people demand it; their allies and major trading and aiding partners ask them to do it; they want to travel in respected international company; it is firmly grounded in their own national tradition; it is clearly accepted international law; or the material or political costs of nonrespect are too high.

5. Agnes Heller, Can Modernity Survive? (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990), 145–48. 6. ’’ (Heller, Can Modernity Survive? 149) 7. , 150. 8. , 151–52. 9. , 154, 156. 10. As J. L. Talmon has pointed out incisively, Rousseau’s general will also served as a gateway to terror during the French Revolution and contributed to twentieth-century totalitarianism (J. L. Talmon, The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy (New York: Praeger, 1960). 11. Heller puts this development in the context of freedom: ‘‘Once it has become a self-evident truth that all men are born free, everything that is due to free persons is due to all persons’’ (Heller, Can Modernity Survive?

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