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Description - Human Rights in the 'War on Terror' by Richard Ashby Wilson

This book asks whether human rights, since the 9/11 attacks and the 'war on terror,' are a luxury we can no longer afford, or rights that must always remain a fundamental part of democratic politics, in order to determine the boundary between individual freedom and government tyranny. This volume brings together leading international lawyers, policy-makers, scholars and activists in the field of human rights to evaluate the impact of the 'war on terror' on human rights, as well as to develop a counter-terror strategy which takes human rights seriously. While some contributors argue that war is necessary in defense of liberal democracy, others assert that it is time to move away from the war model towards a new paradigm based upon respect for human rights, an internationally-coordinated anti-terror justice strategy, and a long-term political vision that can reduce the global tensions that generate a political constituency for terrorists.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521853194
ISBN-10: 0521853192
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Pages: 366
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Ashby Wilson

Richard A. Wilson is the Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. He obtained his BSc. and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of numerous works on political violence and social movements in Guatemala and he has done research on questions of memory, truth and justice and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is Associate Editor of the journal Anthropological Theory and serves on the editorial board of Critique of Anthropology, Social Justice, and the Journal of Human Rights.

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