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Author Sikkink, Kathryn, 1955- author
Title Evidence for hope : making human rights work in the 21st century / Kathryn Sikkink
Imprint Princeton, New Jersey ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2017]
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 人文社會聯圖  JC571 .S536 2017    AVAILABLE    30650020081093
 RCHSS Library  JC571 S536 2017    AVAILABLE    30560400662471
Descript viii, 318 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Series Human rights and crimes against humanity
Human rights and crimes against humanity
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-306) and index
Part 1 Introduction and overview : Introduction: anger, hope, and the belief you can make a difference -- Response to the critics: how to evaluate the legitimacy and effectiveness of human rights. Part 2 The legitimacy of human rights: diverse struggles : The diverse political origins of human rights -- The struggles for human rights during the Cold War. Part 3 The effectiveness of human rights laws, institutions, and movements : Why is it so hard to measure the effectiveness of human rights law and activism? -- What does and doesn't work to promote human rights?. Part 4 Making human rights work in the twenty-first century : Conclusions: evidence for hope without complacency. Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Suggestions for further reading -- Index
"Evidence for Hope makes the case that, yes, human rights work. Critics may counter that the movement is in serious jeopardy or even a questionable byproduct of Western imperialism. They point out that Guantánamo is still open, the Arab Spring protests have been crushed, and governments are cracking down on NGOs everywhere. But respected human rights expert Kathryn Sikkink draws on decades of research and fieldwork to provide a rigorous rebuttal to pessimistic doubts about human rights laws and institutions. She demonstrates that change comes slowly and as the result of struggle, but in the long term, human rights movements have been vastly effective. Attacks on the human rights movement’s credibility are based on the faulty premise that human rights ideas emerged in North America and Europe and were imposed on developing southern nations. Starting in the 1940s, Latin American leaders and activists were actually early advocates for the international protection of human rights. Sikkink shows that activists and scholars disagree about the efficacy of human rights because they use different yardsticks to measure progress. Comparing the present to the past, she shows that genocide and violence against civilians have declined over time, while access to healthcare and education has increased dramatically. Cognitive and news biases contribute to pervasive cynicism, but Sikkink’s investigation into past and current trends indicates that human rights is not in its twilight. Instead, this is a period of vibrant activism that has made impressive improvements in human well-being. Exploring the strategies that have led to real humanitarian gains since the middle of the twentieth century, Evidence for Hope looks at how these essential advances can be supported and sustained for decades to come"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Human rights -- History -- 21st century
Human rights movements -- History
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
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