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Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #163)

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From the controversial incarceration of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, to the brutal ethnic cleansing being practiced in Darfur, to the widespread denial of equal rights to women in many areas of the world, human rights violations are a constant presence in the news and in our lives. Taking an international perspective, and focusing on highly topical issues such as torture, ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 28th 2007)
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Ahmed El  Wakeel

صعب انك تقيم كتاب مثل ذلك الكتاب, بل الشيء الوحيد المتاح لك هو ان تفتخر انك آدمي يطمح في اكتمال عنصر الإنسانية بداخلة ليصل لمرحلة الإتزان ويغدو سوياً مهيئا للقيادة والإرتقاء.

" أحمد الوكيل "
كانت رحلة مثرية جداً بالنسبة لي ان يكون الكتاب رقم 51 في 2013 وأول اختيار حقيقي أستغله في زيادة وعيي بحقوقي المدنية كناحية محددة والإنسانية كناحية عامه. بناءاً على ذلك أصبح من العسير تسليط الضوء على أجزاء بعينها.

الكتاب مجملة جيد جداً وطريقة عرضه اختزلت الكثير من الكلام في سطور مكثفة واضحة ومنمقه ومباشرة.

This is a tough little nugget of a book. It rewards careful reading though, and provides some food for thought on contemporary issues such as the use of torture and the legitimacy of “humanitarian” military interventions.

Apart from a very brief history of the human rights concept, Clapham approaches his subject squarely from the legal angle. I would rather have seen a deeper disscussion of the philosophical dimension of human rights, and greater consideration given to cross-cultural aspects. Yet
Very, very basic. I can't imagine any of this will be news to anyone.
The language is somewhat difficult to scramble through, which i thought was not good for an 'introduction'.
I found the narrative point of this book to be rather confused and ill organised. Sure, if you want to write a book that covers what human rights are, their historical origins, their philosophical justification, a response to why criticism against them fail, how they're being implemented in modern times etc. then go ahead. However, I would vastly prefer if it was clearly demarcated when each of these disparate sub-topics is being addressed as opposed to everything just being a jumble of casual r ...more
Mahmoud El serafy
كتاب بسيط جدا بيوضح معني حقيقي لحقوق الانسان و كيف تم الدعوة لها وكيف اعترضت عليها دول ذات نفوذ عالمية علي بعض القوانين والمواثيق الصادرة عنها

مقدرتش اقيم الكتاب لانه كتاب تثقيفي من درجة الاولي ومن صعب تقيمه
This was a clear, concise and comprehensive introduction to a very important subject. I must admit though that for the most part I found it a little dry.
Brandon Wu
A typical Very Short Introduction: the author is an expert with a definite bias/perspective (in this case, a former Representative of Amnesty International to the UN), but he writes fairly even while acknowledging his subjectivity. This one is longer than most books in the series at 160+ pages, and the last few chapters probably could have been left off at no great loss. But still, a solid entry in what has become a really excellent series.
Whether or not you agree with every point, this is an excellent introduction to the topic!
Kyoungjin Lim
The gist of what human-right-wise thinking should be.
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Andrew Clapham is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva and the Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. He teaches international human rights law and public international law. Prior to coming to the Institute in 1997, he was the Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York. Andrew Clapham has ...more
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