Jacques Fomerand, Historical Dictionary of Human Rights (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), 846 pp.
This is a part of the Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements Series.
If the sheer number of references to human rights in media headlines or government statements is of any guidance, human rights concerns now appear virtually at the center of the framework of the norms, principles and obligations that shape relations within the international community both among and within states. That political journey began, perhaps arbitrarily, on 10 December, 1948, when the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA) embraced and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a ringing endorsement and advocacy of the notion that regardless of race, religion or nationality, all men and women, everywhere in the world are entitled to the human rights and fundamental freedoms simply because they are human.
The Historical Dictionary of Human Rights covers the history of the Human Rights movement through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 1000 cross-referenced entries on terminology, conventions, treaties, intergovernmental organizations in the United Nations family or regional bodies, and the constantly expanding universe of non-governmental organizations, as well as some of the pioneers and defenders. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Human Rights movement.
About the Author
Jacques Fomerand was the Director of the United Nations University’s North American office from 1992-2003. Before that, he served in the U.N. secretariat’s office of the under secretary general of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He has published numerous works on the United Nations and is currently completing a dictionary of the organization. Mr. Fomerand studied political science and law at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France and earned a PhD in politician science at the City University of New York. He now teaches at John Jay College at City University of New York and at Occidental College.