Human Rights and the United States
This two-volume set offers easy to grasp explanations of the basic concepts and laws and procedures in the field of human rights with a focus on the historical, political, and legal experience of the United States. It also includes information and primary documents in the related fields of International Humanitarian Law, part of the Law of Armed Conflict, and International Criminal Law, showing the place of such international law in the US legal system.
This indispensable resource surveys the international legal protection of human dignity in the United States, and its foreign policy aimed at promoting and protecting human dignity abroad, and examines the sources of human rights and related international legal norms, cites key legal cases, explains the role of international inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, and charts global, and regional procedures and reports in the United Nations, the Organization of American States and the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) human rights measures.
It has been updated to include policies, acts and statements of the new Trump administration.
This new third edition, organized into 23 thoughtful chapters, offers up-to-date information and data on selected topics such as Education, the United Nations, Climate Change, Immigrants, Criminal Justice, Children, Torture, and so much more. Plus Chapter Two presents a detailed chronology of human rights that spans hundreds of years, ending with relevant events of 2017.
Each chapter follows a helpful format, starting with a leader page that summarizes, in clear language, what the chapter is about, and why it’s important. These explanations are only a paragraph or two, giving the reader a quick, clear sense of what’s to follow.
Each chapter contains Quotes & Key Text Excerpts, designed to give a sense of public and private sentiment about the chapter's focus. What You Should Know is where the authors explain the background, current situation, and future options as they relate to the human rights issue at hand and the United States, as well as the world at large.
As provided, an expanded coverage of hundreds of Primary Documents, including conventions, declarations, protocols and periodic state reports related to the most up-to-date international action on police brutality, racial discrimination, immigration deportations, governmental surveillance, access to internet, freedom of expression and of religion, violence against women, limitations on engaging in armed conflicts, such as armed drones, genocide, and much more
- Comprehensive Introduction & User’s Guide places the history of human rights in the United States in a national and international context, and helps the reader get the most of the detailed content
- Updated Chronological History
- New Appendices, with US legislation, case law from US and foreign legal bodies, NGO human rights reports, and additional sources of information
- A comprehensive Bibliography, to expand research on this crucial topic
- Alphabetical list of Primary Source Documents
- Comprehensive Index
- Available in print and ebook formats
This comprehensive, timely volume is a must-have reference text for large public libraries, university libraries and social science departments, along with high school libraries.
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