Freedom from Our Social Prisons

Freedom from Our Social Prisons : The Rise of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

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This book shows how economically independent human rights NGOs can empower people through human rights education, making use of the democratic process and supporting the right to development. It also suggests that the application of the core minimum obligations of economic, social, and cultural rights will lead to the civilizing of the neo-liberal paradigm.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739122878
  • 9780739122877

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In his noteworthy new book, Anthony Ravlich reminds us of the critical need for comprehensive human rights education in order for the poor and disadvantaged to be able to hold state's accountable to fulfill their minimum core obligations under economic and social human rights law. Ravlich accurately points to the devastating impact of structural violence and neoliberal economic policies on the lives of millions who now live in squalor and poverty. He effectively argues that economic globalization proceeded prematurely as it did not include simultaneous economic and social rights protection. Ravlich eloquently calls on states to stop "fudging" on their core minimum obligations and respect the economic rights of the poor. This informed study will be of great use to all concerned with social justice. -- William F. Felice, Eckerd College
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About Anthony George Ravlich

Anthony George Ravlich is founder and chairperson of the Human Rights Council Inc. in New Zealand.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 1 The Rise of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Chapter 3 2 Political Tolerance and Core Minimum Obligations Chapter 4 3 The Politics of Human Rights and the Liberal Oligarchy Chapter 5 4 The History of Human Rights and the Most Disadvantaged Chapter 6 5 Lack of Will for Social Justice for the Most Disadvantaged at the UN Chapter 7 Annex 1: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Chapter 8 Annex 2: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Chapter 9 Annex 3: International Covenant of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Chapter 10 Annex 4: Draft Optional Protocol for the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Chapter 11 Annex 5: The Declaration on the Right to Development
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