Thaddeus A. Miksinski, Jr.
Professor Theodore Orlin (Utica
College of Syracuse University)
(Posted April 2001)
WHAT ARE HUMAN RIGHTS?
In the last decade the demand for human rights has become a
revolutionary force in the world. In this essay, scholar Jack
Donnelly traces the development of human rights from their
origins as a political theory in 17th-century Europe to their
present-day acceptance as an international standard.
THE U.S. COMMITMENT: HUMAN RIGHTS AND
In a moving speech given in 1978, then President Jimmy Carter
highlighted the importance of human rights to the United States
and its people as the country fulfills its international
obligations. His words ring true today.
"WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE
The United States is a nation founded on the principle of
individual rights, and yet Americans' notions of rights continue
to expand even today. This essay on American history highlights
the obstacles that were overcome and the laws and leaders that
have pushed the concept forward.
ELEVEN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE
In this century, heroic individuals have shown time and again
that eloquent courage can shake repressive regimes and alter the
course of history. Here, in their own words, are the ideas of 11
great advocates of human rights.
THE DEAD HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BY TELLING
A poem by Marvin Bell, the Flannery O'Connor Professor of
Letters at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop,
commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Adoption of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
TIMELINE: HUMAN RIGHTS IN
FURTHER READINGS ON HUMAN
THE HELSINKI PROCESS
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
WAR CRIMES TRIBUNALS
THE DECLARATION OF
THE BILL OF RIGHTS
THE FOUR FREEDOMS