Campaigning for Justice

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  • Copyright: 2012-12-19
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Advocates within the human rights movement have had remarkable success establishing new international laws, securing concrete changes in human rights policies and practices, and transforming the terms of public debate. Yet too often, the strategies these advocates have employed are not broadly shared or known. Campaigning for Justiceaddresses this gap to explain the "how" of the human rights movement. Written from a practitioner's perspective, this book explores the strategies behind some of the most innovative human rights campaigns of recent years. Drawing on interviews with dozens of experienced human rights advocates, the book delves into local, regional, and international efforts to discover how advocates were able to address seemingly intractable abuses and secure concrete advances in human rights. These accounts provide a window into the way that human rights advocates conduct their work, their real-life struggles and challenges, the rich diversity of tools and strategies they employ, and ultimately, their courage and persistence in advancing human rights.

Author Biography

Jo Becker has over twenty years of experience as an advocate for human rights and social justice. She is the Children's Rights Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch and has led successful international campaigns to prevent the use of child soldiers as well as to protect child domestic workers and other vulnerable children.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Campaigns for New Human Rights Standards
Campaigning to Stop the Use of Child Soldiersp. 11
Organizing for Decent Work for Domestic Workers: The ILO Conventionp. 32
Un Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms
Defeating the Election of Human Rights Abusers to the UN Human Rights Councilp. 59
Working with UN Special Rapporteurs to Promote Human Rightsp. 77
Creating a New International Priority: Ending Violence Against Childrenp. 95
Seeking Accountability
Bringing Charles Taylor to Justicep. 113
Seeking Justice for the Abu Salim Prison Massacrep. 131
Demanding Accountability for War Crimes in Sri Lankap. 152
New Media and New Alliances
Using New Technologies in the Campaign to Free Tibet: The 2008 Beijing Olympicsp. 177
Organizing for LGBTI Rights in Jamaica and Nepalp. 197
Abolishing Sentences of Life Without Parole for Juvenile Offendersp. 222
Lessons for the Futurep. 245
Notesp. 261
Further Reading and Additional Resourcesp. 299
Glossary of Key Termsp. 305
Acknowledgmentsp. 307
Indexp. 309
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