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Human rights

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Multiracials and Civil Rights

Multiracials and Civil Rights

Author: Tanya Kateri Hernandez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2021

Narratives of mixed-race people bringing claims of racial discrimination in court, illuminating traditional understandings of civil rights law As the mixed-race population in the United States grows, public fascination with multiracial identity has promoted the belief that racial mixture will destroy racism. However, multiracial people still face discrimination. Many legal scholars hold that this is distinct from the discrimination faced by people of other races, and traditional civil rights laws built on a strict black/white binary need to be reformed to account for cases of discrimination against those identifying as mixed-race. In Multiracials and Civil Rights, Tanya Kateri Hernandez debunks this idea, and draws on a plethora of court cases to demonstrate that multiracials face the same types of discrimination as other racial groups. Hernandez argues that multiracial people are primarily targeted for discrimination due to their non-whiteness, and shows how the cases highlight the need to support the existing legal structures instead of a new understanding of civil rights law. The legal and political analysis is enriched with Hernandez's own personal narrative as a mixed-race Afro-Latina. Coming at a time when explicit racism is resurfacing, Hernandez's look at multiracial discrimination cases is essential for fortifying the focus of civil rights law on racial privilege and the lingering legacy of bias against non-whites, and has much to teach us about how to move towards a more egalitarian society.

Violence against Women

Violence against Women

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a longstanding problem that has increasingly come to the forefront of international and national policy debates and news: from the US reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act and a United Nations declaration to end sexual violence in war, to coverage of gang rapes in India, cyberstalking and revenge porn , honor killings, female genital mutilation, and international trafficking. Yet, while we frequently read or learn about particular experiences or incidents of VAWG, we are often unaware of the full picture. Jacqui True, an internationally renowned scholar of globalization and gender, provides an expansive frame for understanding VAWG in this book. Among the questions she addresses include: What are we talking about when we discuss VAWG? What kinds of violence does it encompass? Who does it affect most and why? What are the risk factors for victims and perpetrators? Does VAWG occur at the same level in all societies? Are there cultural explanations for it? What types of legal redress do victims have? How reliable are the statistics that we have? Are men and boys victims of gender-based violence? What is the role of the media in exacerbating VAWG? And, what sorts of policy and advocacy routes exist to end VAWG? This volume addresses the current state of knowledge and research on these questions. True surveys our best understanding of the causes and consequences of violence against women in the home, local community, workplace, public, and transnationally. In so doing, she brings together multidisciplinary perspectives on the problem of violence against women and girls, and sets out the most promising policy and advocacy frameworks to end this violence.

The Responsibility to Protect in Latin America

The Responsibility to Protect in Latin America

Author: Monica Serrano Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This books assesses the opportunities for the normative and practical advancement of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Latin America. The volume identifies the points of resistance and potential obstacles to the advancement of R2P in Latin America, a region often overlooked in this context but which has considerable potential to advance the R2P cause. This is both on account of the progress that human rights have made on the continent since the 1980s, and of the experience there of the crimes envisaged by the R2P norm. The book is divided into two sections. The first part offers a detailed study of the evolution of views and attitudes towards the R2P in eight different country cases. Individual chapters provide an analysis of the way in which the debate on humanitarian intervention and the R2P evolved in the period between NATO's intervention in Kosovo in 1999, and the endorsement of the R2P in paragraphs 138 and 139 of the 2005 Summit Outcome Document. These analyses, together with the statements delivered by different delegations in the 2009 R2P debate in the General Assembly provide the basis for a more thorough diagnosis of the movement of each country along a spectrum whose most noticeable aspect has been the movement of formerly neutral states towards more active support. Although the group of countries considered in this study does not include declared 'spoilers', the evolution of the positions of both Brazil, and most notably Bolivia, offers substantial evidence of the opportunities for normative advancement. Each case-study offers a brief overview of the main variables and factors that account for the country's position towards R2P. The study thus begins by tracing each country's record in human rights norms. This brief historical account of the role played by each country in both the regional and international human rights regimes provides the background for the in-depth analysis of a rich variety of trajectories. This book will be of much interest to students of the Responsibility to Protect, Latin American politics, international law, human rights, IR and security studies.

Developments in International Criminal Law and International Criminal Justice

Developments in International Criminal Law and International Criminal Justice

Author: John-Mark (University of Venda, South Africa) Iyi Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Now seventy years since the Nuremberg Trials and it is imperative to assess the evolution of international criminal law and justice from different perspectives, particularly in the light of conflicting views on the role and importance of international criminal justice, especially in the aftermath of an intra-state conflict. With an emphasis on the global south, this text considers the substantive evolution of international criminal law since Nuremberg, the concepts that have developed since then, the institutional mechanisms that have emerged in the last seventy years, and, if any, its contribution to the achievement of peace and reconciliation in transitional societies, and the future trajectory of international criminal law and justice. It offers academics, legal practitioners, diplomats, and NGOs the opportunity to reflect and articulate their views on the development of international criminal law and justice since 1945. It provides a platform for individuals from diverse backgrounds to examine the normative, legal and institutional frameworks within which international criminal justice has developed and is being pursued. As such, it offers offer insightful thoughts on how to further enhance the legitimacy of current international criminal justice institutions and mechanisms such as the International Criminal Court This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in Public International Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights Law, and Humanitarian Law, Post-conflict and transitional justice, African Studies and Politics, and more broadly to International relations

Justice Counts

Justice Counts

The book will cover a range of cases where statistical analyses helped document human rights problems, determine the value of evidence, or understand the needs of victims. It will also briefly describe how statistical programs can be used to perpetrate human rights abuses and the need for safeguards. The book will be organized as a series of chapters that can stand alone, but that together highlight the need for statistical thinking in a wide variety of human rights contexts. Each chapter will have a clear structure and compelling storyline, and will highlight a particular statistical concept and method in an engaging way.

Justice Counts

Justice Counts

The book will cover a range of cases where statistical analyses helped document human rights problems, determine the value of evidence, or understand the needs of victims. It will also briefly describe how statistical programs can be used to perpetrate human rights abuses and the need for safeguards. The book will be organized as a series of chapters that can stand alone, but that together highlight the need for statistical thinking in a wide variety of human rights contexts. Each chapter will have a clear structure and compelling storyline, and will highlight a particular statistical concept and method in an engaging way.

Human Rights:

Human Rights:

Author: Professor Janusz Symonides Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This title was first published in 2000. At the end of the 20th century, human rights have frequently been qualified as the common heritage or the common language or humanity. They do not belong to the domestic jurisdiction of states and are internationally protected, creating a body of universal standards and values at the service of human dignity, equality and non-discrimination, and human freedoms.

Peacebuilding Paradigms

Peacebuilding Paradigms

Author: Henry F. (Georgia State University) Carey Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

Acts of Repair

Acts of Repair

Author: Natasha Zaretsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Acts of Repair

Acts of Repair

Author: Natasha Zaretsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Modern Slavery and Bonded Labour in South Asia

Modern Slavery and Bonded Labour in South Asia

Author: Elena Samonova Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

This book investigates one of the most pervasive forms of modern slavery: bonded labour, whereby labour is linked with a credit agreement, leaving a debtor bound to repay their debt through long-term servitude. Drawing on cases from Nepal and India, the author adopts a human rights-based approach, interpreting slavery as a violation of human rights, and focusing on the empowerment of slaves as rights holders. Ultimately the book aims to explore the links between rights, power inequality and oppression, and to uncover ways to achieve the full liberation of bonded labourers. Identifying the factors and forces that contribute to and reinforce the situation of bonded labour in South Asia, the book demonstrates how systems of bonded labour are connected to long-term processes of colonisation, dispossession, migration, nationalisation of natural resources, and the introduction of private land ownership. Despite the fact that the United Nations has reported debt bondage as the most prevalent form of forced labour worldwide, there it is still little known about the real practical impacts of this approach to the lives of marginalised people. Based on extensive ethnographic research, this book will be a useful guide to students and scholars of modern slavery, international development, and South Asian studies.

Contesting Inequalities, Identities and Rights in Ethiopia

Contesting Inequalities, Identities and Rights in Ethiopia

Author: Data D. Barata Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

This book examines the relationship between inequalities and identities in the context of an unprecedented state advocacy of human rights with a distinct emphasis on (ethnic) group rights in post-civil war Ethiopia. The analysis is set against the background of a dramatic state remaking by a rebellion movement (the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front - EPRDF) that seized control of the Ethiopian state in 1991, after a decisive battlefield victory over an unpopular regime. The new government of former rebels pledged to institute a new system of ethnic self-government that celebrated ethnic diversity with a firm pledge to guarantee basic human rights. After nearly three decades in office, however, the Ethiopian government is challenged by the resilience of identity-based inequalities it ostensibly sought to end, and by protests against its own policies and practices that intensified inequality. The events in Ethiopia, reverberating throughout the Horn of Africa, have inspired heated and often polarized debates between academics, policy experts, political activists, and the media. Data D. Barata contributes to this debate through a nuanced ethnographic analysis of why identities with distinct notions of inequality persist, even after relentless interventions and ideological repudiations. The contestations and struggles over political representation, local governance, cultural identities, land and religion that the book examines are shaped, one way or another, by the global human rights discourse that has inspired millions of Africans to confront entrenched structures of power. This book will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of anthropology, African studies, political science, sociology and cultural studies.