Critical perspectives on the security and protection of human rights defenders

Bennett, Karen L., Ingleton, Danna, Nah, Alice and Savage, James, eds. (2016) Critical perspectives on the security and protection of human rights defenders. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxford and New York. ISBN 9781138682993

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Human rights defenders – who by peaceful means advocate, mobilise and often put their lives at risk to defend the most fundamental freedoms of their fellow citizens – are key agents of change in their own societies and make a significant contribution to the international community's efforts to support democracy and human rights. Defenders often face serious threats and can experience harm by state and non-state actors.

Since the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders in 1998, there has been considerable effort to recognise and protect the right of individuals, groups and communities to promote and protect their own rights and the rights of others. Over time, a multi-level, multi-actor international protection regime for the rights of human rights defenders has emerged, which is based on existing rights derived from the international human rights regime.

The authors in this book reflect on the positive developments that have emerged over time to strengthen the protection of defenders, as well as the debates, tensions and contestations in such practices. This collection provides a critical appraisal of the construction, function, ethical boundaries, and evolution of this protection regime, as well as its multi-scalar social and political effects. In particular, the authors consider the effectiveness of particular international and regional protection mechanisms for the protection of defenders, and examine the relationship between repression, activism, and tactics for managing risks in the face of danger. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: criminology and criminal justice; human rights law & civil liberties; international law; international criminal law; politics & international relations; security studies; war & conflict studies
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
Depositing User: Karen Bennett
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 08:42
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2022 08:50

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