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Ngo's and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights : A Curious Grapevine - William Korey

Ngo's and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A Curious Grapevine

Paperback Published: 20th July 2004
ISBN: 9780312238865
Number Of Pages: 638

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When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted 50 years ago, Eleanor Roosevelt, its principal architect, predicted that a "curious grapevine" would carry its message behind barbed wire and stone walls. This book tells the extraordinary story of how NGOs became the "grapevine" she anticipated--sharpening our awareness about the violations of human rights, "shaming" its most notorious abusers and creating the international mechanisms to bring about implementation of the Declaration. Korey traces how NGO's laid groundwork for the destruction of the Soviet empire, as well as of the apartheid system in South Africa, and established the principle of accountability for crimes against humanity. The notion of human rights has progressed from being a marginal part of international relations a half century ago to stand today as a critical element in diplomatic discourse and this book shows that it is the NGOs that have placed human rights at the center of humankind's present and future agenda.

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'William Korey's valuable study highlights the important role played by a new generation of nongovernmental organizations....' - New York Review of Books

'It is well worth reading.' - American Foreign Policy Interests

'William Korey's valuable study highlights the important role played by a new generation of nongovernmental organizations....' - New York Review of Books

'It is well worth reading.' - American Foreign Policy Interests

Introduction
Genesis: NGOs and the UN Charter
The "Curious Grapevine": NGO Rights and Limitations
Silencing the NGOs at the UN
"Honored Guests": NGOs in the Struggle Against Apartheid
The NGO Prototype: The Anti-Slavery Society
An NGO Shifts Its Focus: The Pioneer International League for Human Rights
To Light a Candle: Amnesty International and the Prisoners of Conscience
A Call for US Leadership: Congress, the Struggle for Human Rights, and the NGO Factor
Overcoming "Lingering Brickeritis": The Struggle for Genocide Treaty Ratification
Heroic Reformers: NGOs and the Helsinki Process
The Fuel and the Lubricant: NGOs and the Revolution in UN Human Rights Implementation Machinery
A Rare, Defining Moment: Vienna, 1993
Genocide and Accountability: The Role of Human Rights Watch
Overcoming the Crisis of Growth: Human Rights Watch Spans the Globe
The "Diplomatic" Approach vs. the "Human Rights" Approach: The High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Blaustein Institute
Uncharted Terrain: Minority Rights, Ethnic Tension, and Conflict Prevention
Ethnicity and Public Consciousness: Can Ethnic Violence Be Controlled or Prevented?
The "Unexplored Continent" of Physician Involvement in Human Rights
Mrs. Roosevelt’s NGO Takes on New Dimensions: Freedom House’s Changing Priorities
"Asian Values": The Challenge to the Universal Declaration
The Rule of Law and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
Accountability Revisited
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ISBN: 9780312238865
ISBN-10: 031223886X
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 638
Published: 20th July 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.66
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1

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