U.S. human rights policy
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U.S. human rights policy origins and implementation by George Lister

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Published by U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C .
Written in English


  • Civil rights.,
  • United States -- Foreign relations.

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Other titlesUS human rights policy.
StatementGeorge Lister.
SeriesCurrent policy -- no. 973.
ContributionsUnited States. Dept. of State. Bureau of Public Affairs.
The Physical Object
Pagination3 p. ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17563313M

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Julie A. Mertus is a professor of human rights at American University and co-director of the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs Program. She has been a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a fellow in human rights at Harvard Law School, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow and a Counsel to Human Rights by: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy provides a comprehensive historical overview and analysis of the complex and often vexing problem of understanding the formation of U.S. human rights policy. The proper place of human rights and fundamental freedoms in U.S. foreign policy has long been debated among scholars, politicians, and the American. U.S. commitment to human rights dates from the Declaration of Independence and our nation’s founding. This reflects our nation’s values and our deeply rooted belief in the importance of developing and maintaining democratic governments, subject to the rule of law, that respect and protect individual liberty. This book provides a comprehensive historical overview and analysis of the complex and often vexing problem of understanding the formation of US human rights policy over the past thirty-five years, a period during which concern for human rights became a major factor in foreign policy decision-making.

To refocus U.S. policy on human rights and democracy required a rethinking of U.S. policy as a whole. It required policy makers to choose between policies designed to defeat communism at any cost and those that remain "Nowhere did two understandings of U.S. identity--human rights and anticommunism--come more in conflict with each other than /5(24). The United States has played a special role in the development and support of human rights ideas and practices. The Declaration of Independence, by which the American colonies severed their allegiance to the British Crown in , proclaimed that “all men are created equal.” No less important, the declaration asserted the right of a people. Additional Physical Format: Online version: Schneider, Mark L., U.S. human rights policy. [Washington]: Dept. of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of. Since the s, the promotion of human rights has been an explicit goal of U.S. foreign policy. Successive presidents have joined with senators and representatives, hundreds of NGOs, and millions of ordinary citizens in deploring human rights abuses and urging that American power and influence be used to right such wrongs.

Few presidents in modern times have been as devoted to the goal that American foreign policy should reflect the nation’s highest moral ideals as Jimmy Carter. At a time when the United States was still grappling with its own problems of race relations and human rights, Carter forthrightly advocated a policy that held other countries. Reviews "Understanding U.S. Human Rights Policy is a tour de force that provides an in-depth and intelligent history of American human rights policy. More than that, its sharp and passionate analysis shows the hope, but also the despair, in pursuing human rights." - Mark Gibney, Belk Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Asheville. Below are links by topical categories to resources primarily in English providing information on human rights generally and as it relates to U.S. foreign policy. For regional information, please see related links at Regional Resources: Americas and Regional Resources: Africa, specifically Rwanda. For information on genocide, please see Genocide Convention at Fifty: Web Links. Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the .