Mobilizing for Human Rights in Latin America

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Kumarian Press, 2007 - History - 155 pages
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In the follow-up to his widely read The Struggle for Human Rights in Latin America, author Edward Cleary examines some of the robust human rights movements of the past two decades in Mobilizing for Human Rights in Latin America. Advocates of the rights of women, indigenous groups, the landless, and street children have achieved notable gains, so much so that in 1999 the New York Times claimed that women have achieved more rights in Latin America than in any other region. Cleary establishes a record of why, how, where, and when human rights reached this level.

It is often assumed that the concept of human rights is something that must be imported by Western liberal democracies to developing countries. Cleary shows that human rights has a long history in Latin America distinctive from other traditions and that this tradition has expressed itself profoundly since the military period. He argues that the region’s unique history is not only creating solutions to issues such as corruption and minority rights, but also can offer a valuable balance to the larger international discourse on human rights.
 

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Contents

1 Is There a Distinctive Tradition of Human Rights in Latin America?
1
2 Women and Rights in Latin America
15
3 Life and Death on the Streets
35
4 Indigenous Rights Resurgence
51
5 The Landless
69
6 Policing
89
7 Torture
111
8 Corruption
129
Index
147
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Edward Cleary is professor of political science and director of Latin American Studies at Providence College. He was president of the Bolivian Institute of Social Study and Action and edited Estudios Andinos. He is author of The Struggle for Human Rights in Latin America, Crisis and Change, and other works.

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