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The International Human Rights Movement: A History (Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity) Hardcover – April 22, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691135150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691135151
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The dialectic between Eastern courage and Western organization deserves a historian and it has found one in Aryeh Neier, a figure who helped to make the history he writes. . . . With Aryeh Neier's retirement from the Open Society Foundations, the human rights movements marks the end of an era, and his book on the history of the movement is an occasion to reflect on how far the movement has come and what it must do next. . . . [Neier] and the thousands of people he drew into the movement have demonstrated what discipline, toughness, professionalism, and integrity can accomplish when up against the despots of our time."--Michael Ignatieff, New York Review of Books

"Neier . . . has the credentials to tell the story of the movement's philosophical roots, its nature and strength and its goals, challenges, successes and failures. . . . A fact-filled, well-documented, pull-no-punches account by an insider."--Kirkus Reviews

"Neier, a longtime official for the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, and Open Society Foundations, has written a personalized history of private action for human rights in world affairs. . . . [T]he book is a useful primer for those unfamiliar with human rights developments . . ."--Choice

"The International Human Rights Movement: A History is a first-class, insightful resource for understanding a vital phenomenon and an approach to humanity and human relations that is essential to the realization of a better world. Neier skillfully transforms his readers into witnesses of the most important period of our moral evolution, and coopts them into taking responsibility for its eventual success."--Michael Allen Fox, International Journal on World Peace

"[L]essons can be learned when we link Neier's assessment of the consequences of strengthened human rights and humanitarian law with a new body of academic work on the consequences of human rights. . . . All along, Neier's movement perspective and his lived experience at the center of the international human rights movement provide further inspiration to scholars, illustrating the potential benefits from Pasteur's Quadrant in the field of human rights research."--Joachim J. Savelsberg, Law & Social Inquiry

"[H]ere is an honest version of a vital social movement from a man who was there in the front when the crowd was first gathering and has been at the head of various bits of it ever since."--Conor Gearty, International Affairs

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"Aryeh Neier's insightful account of the human rights movement underlines the crucial role played by individuals and human rights defenders in speaking out against abuses. This book describes many of the human rights challenges that remain and is essential reading for all those wishing to understand the political challenges of our times."--Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations (1997--2006)

"Human rights has become a global movement. Aryeh Neier was present at the creation of it, so nobody is better qualified to tell the story of its ongoing and epochal fight against brutality and injustice. We can all be grateful for Neier's life of activism and we can be thankful he has reflected on it with such insight."--Michael Ignatieff, University of Toronto and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

"Aryeh Neier has done more than anyone else to shape the values and practices of the modern human rights movement. His decades of experience give him a unique perspective to describe the key events and decisions that shaped the movement, to detail its major successes, and to outline the steps that must now be taken to meet the challenges ahead."--Kenneth Roth, executive director, Human Rights Watch

"With the intimate knowledge--and authority--of one who has been at the center of the international human rights movement for more than three decades, Aryeh Neier captures the movement's uneven but steady rise to the top of the agenda of the world community. The significant transformations chronicled here, and the struggles of the brave men and women around the world that made these changes possible, form a road map for the enormous challenges that still lie ahead."--Juan E. Mendez, UN special rapporteur on torture and coauthor of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

"This is a valuable, lucid, and timely account of the international human rights movement. Neier has the unique authority to guide the public's understanding of this complex landscape, and his book is full of information, vision, and wisdom."--Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HUANG, Shih-Chun on February 8, 2013
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I am an international student and this is a required course book. It is a readable book. Not hard to understand
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