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The International Human Rights MovementA History$
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Aryeh Neier

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691135151

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691135151.001.0001

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Rights after 9/11

Rights after 9/11

(p.285) 12 Rights after 9/11
The International Human Rights Movement

Aryeh Neier

Princeton University Press

This chapter demonstrates how, in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, some of those active in efforts to promote human rights feared that the era in which their cause held a prominent place on the world stage could be over. That era began about a quarter of a century earlier as an outgrowth of the Cold War, and it had a part in bringing the Cold War to an end. Dictatorships of the Right and the Left had fallen—with help from those denouncing their abuses of human rights—yet those who hoped that there would be a substantial decline in gross abuses worldwide had been disappointed.

Keywords:   September 11 attack, United States, human rights, Cold War, dictatorships, Right, Left

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