The Mobilization of Shame by Robert F. Drinan S.J.
A World View of Human Rights

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Global consciousness of human rights grew dramatically during the second half of the twentieth century. Today many more human rights are recognised by international law, and far more people are involved and interested in human rights. This book tells the amazing history of this revolution in global thinking and discusses all the critical issucs now facing the human rights movement. Father Robert F. Drinan, a highly respected activist in human rights events of the past several decades, reflects on both the progress of and obstacles to the movement. Father Drinan discusses the development of a consensus to establish the United Nations in the 1940s and follows the human rights movement through to such recent events as the indictment of Milosevic and the ad hoc tribunals relating to the Balkans and Rwands. Among the topics the author considers are: women's worldwide struggle for equality; the performance of the United States in adhering to customary international law; the declarations and covenants on human rights issued by the United Nations; the global revolution in the rights of children; the right to food the right to religious freedom; the human rights of prisoners and the legitimacy of the death penalty; protections against torture and other cruel or inhuman treatment; South Africa's and other nations' commissions on truth and reconciliation; As a priest, a lawyer, and a former U.S. Congressman, Father Drinan provides an unflinching appraisal of the human rights movement today and its prospects for the future.

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Robert F. Drinan, S.J., professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, has had a long and distinguished career. He has been a visiting professor at four American universities and dean of the Boston College Law School. He was a United States Congressman for five terms as a Representative from Massachusetts. He has served on public and privately sponsored delegations and human rights missions to many countries and has been a member of numerous committees devoted to the furtherance of human rights. Father Drinan has received numerous awards, the most recent being the 2003 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute's Freedom of Worship medal. He is also the author of eleven previous books. Drinan was also awarded the 2004 ABA Medal, the ABA medal recognizes exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence. "In an amazing career that has spanned more than half a century, Father Drinan has never faltered in his extraordinary humanitarian efforts and support for justice under the law. He has demonstrated to lawyers what it means to be committed to public service and to countless law students what is embodied in the highest dedication to ethical, moral legal practice. By his standards of leadership, he contributes to the luster and dignity of our award," said Archer in announcing the selection."--From the ABA Award presentation
Published April 1, 2001 by Yale University Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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He acknowledges complaints from the developing world about the biases of the human rights movement, but, at the same time, does not let these countries off the hook on issues such as slavery and genital mutilation: "It seems self-evident that the future of human rights in the world depends upon w...

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