No-Nonsense Guide to..
Olivia Ball and Paul Gready
The No-Nonsense Guide
to Human Rights is the perfect starting point
for anyone wanting to get into human rights, with
plenty to interest the seasoned activist. Written
by experienced practitioners and human rights
educators, this is a power-packed pocket handbook
of history, philosophy, politics, law and more
- all the essentials to understanding and using
human rights, from the basics of what our rights
are, to how to beat world leaders at their own
It examines important
critiques of human rights, from feminists and
Marxists to cultural relativists and tackles contemporary
controversies making headlines.
Should rights be sacrificed
in the fight against terrorism? Can torturers
perform a public service? Should human rights
take precedence over the environment? What good
are rights for famine victims, or tsunami survivors?
What do rights have to say about the misery and
injustice caused by corporations? What about rights
violated in the home? Do refugees have rights?
Why should Donald Rumsfeld consult his lawyers
before holidaying abroad? Is a just peace possible?
Or a just war? Moreover, how can rights be made
This guide for the
21st century examines the emerging terrain of
global civil society, covering cutting-edge approaches
to activism as well as the tried and true techniques
- and their pitfalls. You will find out how to
take a complaint to the United Nations, where
to find the treaties your government has signed
but might wish it hadn't, and to compile a shadow
report when your country's human rights performance
is assessed at the highest levels. Read about
how to secure international support for your campaign
and successful ways activists have avoided being
The text is enlivened
with real-life stories from around the world:
the voices of peopleliving the daily reality of
human rights violation and those who take on the
abusers. An activist's and owner's manual of compelling
importance to today's world.
commend to you The No-Nonsense Guide to Human
Rights as a call to question, to think, to act,
and to contribute."
The Most Reverend Desmond
M. Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape
Town, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
without becoming superficial, Ball and Gready
have an engaging style and impressive command
of this important subject. More than simply
a practitioner's handbook, The No-Nonsense Guide
to Human Rights makes an intellectual contribution
of its own to the field. This pocket-sized book
is important reading for the novice and equally
useful for the seasoned human rights practitioner."
Mary Robinson President,
Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization
Initiative United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights (1997-2002), President of Ireland
indispensible exploration of human rights in
our time, not only for beginners, but also,
I suspect, for many activists who will be challenged
by the complexity with which this guide addresses
our current dilemmas."
Ariel Dorfman Chilean writer
and human rights activist
am full of admiration for the richness and variety
packed in to a relatively short text. I only
wish that I'd had something like this to read
when I was starting out! I'm recommending it
to all my students."
Dr Brian Phillips Senior Lecturer in Human Rights
Practice and Course Chair of the MA in Humanitarian
and Development Practice Oxford Brookes University
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Originally a psychologist working with refugees, Olivia Ball also holds qualifications
in community development and development studies
and an MA in Human Rights. She has undertaken
human rights research, education and campaign
work in academia and the NGO sector in Britain
and Australia and is now an Adjunct Lecturer at
Curtin University's Centre for Human Rights Education.
Dr Paul Gready is a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute
of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.
He has worked for and undertaken consultancies
for a number of human rights organizations, mostly
in the UK and South Africa, including Amnesty
International and the Centre for the Study of
Violence and Reconciliation, Johannesburg.
Format: 180 mm x 110 mm; 144
pages; diagrams, maps, charts, graphs and tinted
boxes used throughout to illustrate key information;
Readership: General readers
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics,
Human Rights, Popular Non-fiction
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Format: 180 mm
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throughout to illustrate key information;
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