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The Human Rights Reader

Major Political Essays, Speeches and Documents from the Bible to the Present



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The Human Rights Reader by Micheline R. Ishay
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In every age there have been voices speaking out against oppression, voices that refuse to be silenced and that, whether through peaceful reform or violent revolution, lead the way to the liberation and transformation of society. Today, from the International Women's conference, to Amnesty International and the debate over humanitarian intervention, global interest in human rights is strong and growing. This anthology provides a comprehensive historical perspective on human rights, covering influential figures, ideals, movements, and strategies. It explores the changing concept and practice of human rights through the writings of religious humanists, classical and modern thinkers, major legal documents, political speeches, key theoretical approaches, philosophical works and issues of contemporary relevance. Gathered from a variety of disciplines and sources, Micheline Ishay has selected readings to reflect the range and depth of the human rights debate across cultures and history. Beginning with the early origins of human rights, she follows the debate through the Enlightenment, the Industrial Age, the World Wars, and anti-imperialist struggles.

Author Biography

Micheline Ishay is Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at University of Denver, where she is Director of the human rights program. She has been a Visiting Professor at The University of Tel Aviv, the University of Maryland, and as Lady Davis Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and speaks regularly on a variety of human rights and foreign policy issues. Ishay is the author or editor of The History of Human Rights (2004), The Nationalism Reader (1999), and Internationalism and Its Betrayal (1995).
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December 18th, 1997
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United Kingdom
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