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Encyclopedia of Human Rights


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DAVID FORSYTHE is University Professor and Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has worked as a consultant for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees and has published widely on human rights. He is also the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Human Rights section of the American Political Science Association. In the fall of 2008 he was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Danish Institute for International Studies.


"This encyclopedia comes at a momentous time in the world movement to protect human rights because it is now maturing into a force to be reckoned with. Only history will tell us whether the movement's full promise is realized."--From the Preface by Andrew Natsios, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; and former U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan "I am confident that this five-volume set will provide useful assistance to those who stand up for rights, their own and those of others."--From the Foreword by Louise Arbour, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights "The best features of this work are the excellence of the articles, both for the clear and understandable prose and the in-depth analyses of the subjects, the very detailed index, and the carefully selected bibliographies...This encyclopedia provides a much-needed addition to the literature on human rights and should serve as the major resource for students, researchers, and human rights workers seeking the kind of analytical information it presents." --American Reference Books Annual "Forsythe has produced a magnum opus sure to take its place as a major contribution to the literature. All previous encyclopedic works on the subject pale in comparison. The sheer massiveness of this undertaking makes it a remarkable achievement."--CHOICE, Editor's Pick "A vital resource on one of the most important topics of our time."---Booklist STAR review and Editors' Choice "Truly satisfies one of the pleasures that lie at the heart of being a historian: finding facts and isolating critical turning points in the intellectual history of the human rights idea. And for those readers seeking answers to a vast array of questions in a quick and accessible manner, this encyclopedia will serve students, teachers, and interested readers extremely well. For those of us in the field, it allows us to quickly summarize areas we might include in teaching syllabi or within our own research with extensive bibliographies that point the direction forward for further research." --Human Rights Quarterly

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