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The Uses and Misuses of Human Rights: A Critical Approach to Advocacy

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Edited by: George Andreopoulos, Zehra Arat

ISBN13: 9781137408334
Published: November 2014
Publisher: Palgrave Scholarly
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £66.00

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Most of the academic literature on human rights seeks to identify and explain instances of use and abuse. Less emphasis has been placed on examining cases of misuse, namely actions undertaken by sincere and devoted advocates of human rights that unintentionally undermine international norms, adversely affect the wellbeing of their intended beneficiaries, or violate others' human rights. Addressing both uses and misuses of human rights, this volume seeks to fill an important gap. It offers an analytical framework and a series of case studies that draw attention to the intended and unintended consequences of advocacy work. Emphasizing the challenges to the effective and proper use of human rights norms, processes and mechanisms, it tries to identify strategies and contexts that enable human rights advocacy to work in favor of human rights, as intended, as well as situations in which such advocacy may backfire or unintentionally cause harm. Since the improvement of human rights conditions is ultimately contingent on a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of the human rights discourse and the context in which it is used, being cognizant of unintended negative impacts would lead to the design and execution of more effective advocacy strategies.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. On the Uses and Misuses of Human Rights
George Andreopoulos and Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat
2. 'Gay Rights are Human Rights': The Framing of New Interpretations of International Human Rights Norms
Ronald Holzhacker
3. The Politics of a Strange Right: Consultation, Mining and Indigenous Mobilization in Latin America
Amanda M. Fulmer
4. The Price of Confrontation: International Retributive Justice and the Struggle for Haitian-Dominican Rights
Samuel Martinez
5. The Human Rights Framing of Maternal Health: A Strategy for Politicization or a Path to Genuine Empowerment?
Candace Johnson and Surma Das
6. Arms Transfers and the Human Rights Agenda
Susan Waltz
7. Transitional Justice and Injustice: The Uses and Misuses of the Liberal Peace
Cyanne E. Loyle and Christian Davenport
8. Constituencies of Compassion: The Politics of Human Rights and Consumerism
Joel R. Pruce