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At the dawn of a new era, this book brings together leading activists, policy-makers and critics to reflect upon fifty years of attempts to improve respect for human rights. Authors include President Jimmy Carter, who helped inject human rights concerns into US policy; Wei Jingsheng, who struggled to do so in China; Louis Henkin, the modern "father" of international law, and Richard Goldstone, the former chief prosecutor for the Yugoslav and Rwandan war crimes tribunals. A half-century since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the time is right to assess how policies and actions effect the realization of human rights and to point to new directions and challenges that lie ahead. A must have for everyone in the human rights community and the broader foreign policy community as well as the reader who is increasingly aware of the visibility of human rights concerns on the public stage.
SAMANTHA POWER is Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy established at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, USA. GRAHAM ALLISON is former Dean of the Kennedy School, USA. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books and over 100 articles, including Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis which has more than 200,000 copies in print.