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Human Rights in a Globalised World
An Indian Diary


© 2010 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The human rights question becomes pertinent in the contemporary situation of political re-configuration, terror—counter terror scenario, economic globalisation and consequent inequality and marginalisation. The book deals with the diverse issues of civil, political, economic and social rights emerging in India, China, South Asia and expatiates on the emergence of the regional human rights mechanism in South Asia, Africa and the Americas.

The book analyses the rising impact of the ‘non-state’ actor on human rights, while the interface of threat and opportunity between business and human rights is increasing. India, China and Brazil are emerging as global players, forging new political and economic alliances with nations from Asia, Africa and Latin America, but their allegiance to human rights standards remains unclear and erratic. Amidst the constant evolution of the human rights agenda, the book focuses on the human rights defenders in India and South Asia, and captures the current human rights situation in India, a mix of progress and regression, gains and losses. It captures this complexity with a positive but cautious note.
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: HUMAN RIGHTS IN TIMES OF TERROR
 
Counter Terror with Justice
 
Victims of Terrorism
 
In Cold Blood: Abuses by Armed Groups
 
How not to fight Terrorism
 
Guantánamo Bay - A Legal Black Hole
 
Europe and Counter-terrorism
 
50 Years of a Law
 
Law without Justice: In the name of Public Security
 
PART TWO: EVERYDAY LIFE OF HUMAN RIGHTS
 
A World without Torture
 
Addressing the issue of Enforced Disappearances
 
Persecution and Resistance: Experiences of Rights Defenders
 
A Trail of Violence: Rights Activists at Risk
 
The Right to a Fair Trial and Binayak Sen
 
Wandhama Massacre: Justice Unfinished
 
Death and Democracy
 
Land Development and Displacement in Delhi
 
PART THREE: BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
 
Conscience of the Company
 
Corporate Complicity and Gujarat
 
PART FOUR: ASIA/AFRICA
 
Bangladesh: Faces of Emergency and Human Rights Issues
 
The Road to Al-Qa'ida Starts in Pakistan
 
Legacy of the Beijing Olympics: China's Choice
 
Myanmar Diary: Rhetoric and Reality of Indian Democracy
 
Nepal: How to Seek 'Truth' in Truth Commissions?
 
Use and Abuse of Africa in India
 
Naagbanton, Binayak Sen and Kampala Declaration
 
PART FIVE: CHALLENGES OF HUMAN RIGHTSDalit Rights
 
Social Inclusion or Social Justice?
 
Forest Rights: Cost of Action and Inaction
 
Minority Rights: Freedom of Conscience and Religion
 
Right to Work and Rights at Work
 
Migrant Rights: Mobility with Dignity
 
Migration: A Silent Revolution and a Crisis
 
Immigrants' Rights under Economic Crisis
 
Labour and Health Rights: Mines of Misery in Rajasthan
 
Panchayats: The Making of Peoples' Power and Right to Vote
 
The Social Forum Phenomenon: Peoples' Experiments in Politics
 
PART SIX: NEW PATHS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
 
India, Brazil, South Africa: Human Rights Footprint
 
South Asia: Towards a Human and Peoples' Rights Agenda
 
Towards A Millennium Movement
 
Agenda for Food Rights
 
Arms Trade Treaty and India
 
References
 
Index

It [the book] is a comprehensively written book covering a wide spectrum of issues concerning human rights. The book not only captures the complexity of human rights status but also provides a detailed and comprehensive account of the status of human rights in contemporary times… This book will be beneficial for a wide spectrum of readers including the professionals, law students, academicians, social workers, activists, journalists, NGO’s, state and central government welfare organizations, people involved in civil rights movement and those who are interested in looking into the different approaches to understanding human rights.

Social Action

Mukul Sharma’s book provides valuable insights into a world where the fear of terror has led states and individuals to place a low value on human rights.… [The book] is a powerful thesis on the human rights situation in a globalised scenario.

The New Indian Express

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