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The International Human Rights MovementA History$
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Aryeh Neier

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691200989

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691200989.001.0001

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The Worldwide Movement

The Worldwide Movement

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The International Human Rights Movement

Aryeh Neier

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses organizations that are active in the field of human rights, which make distinctive contributions by focusing on abuses of rights in a particular country or locality. It describes how global organizations address violations of rights suffered by discrete segments of the population, such as gays and lesbians, indigenous peoples, women, members of racial, religious or ethnic minorities, or persons suffering from mental or physical disabilities. The chapter talks about Louis Henkin, a professor of law at Columbia University, who was long regarded as the preeminent American scholar in the human rights field. It mentions the Lawyers Committee, which enlisted hundreds of American lawyers to provide free legal representation to applicants for asylum in the United States in immigration proceedings. It also illustrates the Lawyers Committee's campaign that aid lawyers in other countries who were persecuted for defending human rights.

Keywords:   human rights, ethnic minorities, Louis Henkin, Lawyers Committee, American lawyers, immigration proceedings, free legal representation

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