A Handbook of International Human Rights Terminology

A Handbook of International Human Rights Terminology

A Handbook of International Human Rights Terminology

A Handbook of International Human Rights Terminology


Increasing recognition of the salience of human rights is reflected in the UN-declared Decade of Human Rights Education (1995-2004). By defining terms from "1235 Procedure (UN)" to "xenophobia," the author (affiliation unspecified) provides an important tool to non-legal expert students of human rights.


Human rights is becoming the language of the entire world in the realm of politics, international relations, and law. To many scholars it is now deemed the dominant discourse of our day, and it is becoming more broadly so daily.

So important has human rights become in the eyes of the global community that the United Nations (UN) has declared the years 1995-2004 as the UN Decade of Human Rights Education. Human rights education is expanding both within and outside of the United States, with courses and terminal degree programs being established everywhere. The present is only the beginning stage of the study of human rights as an academic discipline that is available not only to law faculties but to other disciplines as well, such as political science, international relations, history, philosophy, social studies, and even religion, to name just a few.

The study of human rights should not be undertaken for mere intellectual stimulation or pleasure. It should be undertaken by all persons at appropriate levels and in both academic and nonacademic contexts so that a culture of human rights is inculcated in the learner. The learner (whether a student or not) is the bearer or holder of internationally recognized human rights. Human rights are the birthright of humanity, and their protection is the first responsibility of all states. They are inherent attributes of the human personality, and their purpose is the legal protection of the inherent human dignity of each individual human being. Life itself can be at stake if they are not preserved.

With the burgeoning of human rights studies, the need has arisen for academic tools with which to present this critical area of study. Textbooks are being written, articles published, and reports and statistics disseminated. Conferences, seminars, workshops, and institutes are beginning to proliferate. This book is intended to provide to the student of human rights an important tool for understanding the meaning of terms used in the field of international human rights and the words that will unlock the meaning of concepts and theories, law and procedures, institutions, and means of interpreting human rights.

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