Human Rights Regimes in the Americas

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Human Rights Regimes in the Americas examines the complex role of human rights norms and standards in the region’s progression, illustrating the evolution and impact of international conventions, laws and institutions. The chapters combine historical detail with a focus on presentday challenges for the regional and domestic human rights regimes, highlighting particular obstacles, successful approaches and strategies. Taking the reader through cases in North, Central and South America, the volume provides a rich account of the evolving regional environment for rights protection and promotion, which will be of particular interest to scholars of politics, human rights and law, as well as policymakers and practitioners at all levels.



Battling against the odds: Human rights in hard times

Optimism was the prevailing mood among human rights advocates in the Americas at the end of the 1990s. We were thrilled by what we had been able to accomplish since the end of the Cold War. And we were confident about where we were headed. Human rights advocacy had played a critical role in democratic transformations throughout the region, as guerrilla forces moved their battlefields to the ballot boxes and political violence faded into the past. Local human rights advocates, who had previously risked life and limb just going to their offices each morning, suddenly found themselves named to positions of power in new governments throughout Latin America.


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