The Mobilization of Shame

A World View of Human Rights

Robert F. Drinan, S.J.

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August 11, 2002
256 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
ISBN: 9780300093193
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"Anyone interested in human rights will read Robert Drinan’s informative, passionate and challenging book with deep concern and hope."—Elie Wiesel
"Father Drinan’s credentials as a humanitarian, religious leader, and thinker are unassailable. . . . His astute grasp of practical solutions to world problems enables him to debate policy as a scholar and practitioner, as well as a religious leader."—Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States
Widely known and respected for his work in international human rights, Father Robert F. Drinan here describes the history of the human rights movement since World War II and the obstacles it faces today. With clarity and force, Father Drinan discusses every important human rights issue, the performance of the United States and the United Nations, and how leaders and individuals can mobilize for a more just future.

Robert F. Drinan, an ordained Jesuit priest, a lawyer, and a former U.S. Congressman, is professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. For more than three decades he has been an advocate for international human rights.

“[Father Drinan’s] qualifications are beyond criticism: he is a Catholic priest; he rejects the fanaticism found in his own milieu; he believes in the primacy of ethical principles even in politics; and in his eyes action and faith are not necessarily at odds.”—Elie Wiesel, Boston University

“Anyone interested in human rights will read Robert Drinan’s informative, passionate and challenging book with deep concern and hope.”—Elie Wiesel, Boston University 

“Father Drinan’s credentials as a humanitarian, religious leader, and thinker are unassailable. He is a direct descendant and torch-bearer of the most prominent Jesuit leaders in the Catholic Church. . . . While he is truly a man of God, a man of deep principle, and a man of profound conscience, his astute grasp of practical solutions to world problems enables him to debate policy as a scholar and practitioner, as well as a religious leader.”—Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States

“The author brings to this compelling account of the human rights movement an exceptional blend of scholarly expertise, political experience, and moral authority.”—Ruti Teitel, author of Transitional Justice

“We have no greater scholar of human rights than Robert Drinan, a man who has combined his scholarship with years of activism. In this book Drinan melds academic polish to political savvy in addressing some of the thorniest issues we in the human rights community confront. He does it concisely but with his customary passion. All of us who care about the future of human rights are in his debt.”—William F. Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA

“[Drinan] provides a summary of developments within the human rights movement, including points of deep contention within the corridors of power.”—Joshua Rubenstein, Christian Science Monitor

“Drinan fills a gap in the literature with his concise, readable survey of the evolution of human rights protection from the late 1940s to the present. He provides a clear summary of international human rights law for the general reader, including a wealth of detail on the manifold human rights operations of the UN, on U.S. human rights policies over the years, and on regional human rights tribunals in Europe and Latin America.”—Mary Ann Glendon, First Things

“Father Drinan provides refreshingly candid appraisals of the efforts of states and the world community in an array of areas implicating human rights. His provocative, compelling account examines such diverse human rights topics as truth commissions, women’s battle for equality, the inchoate conception of a right to food, and the decline of the death penalty worldwide.”—Harvard Law Review


 

“I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history and the future of human rights. . . . I think this book serves as an excellent overview of the international human rights movement and the role of the United States government in the movement.”—International Journal of Legal Information

“With The Mobilization of Shame, Drinan has added to the long list of important contributions he has made to the campaign for human rights. Those of us who have admired his courage and commitment to human rights can benefit in new ways from his vast experience and clarity of vision.”—Marie Dennis, National Catholic Reporter

“Above all, Drinan makes a strong case for the principled use of human rights campaigns as an instrument of political pressure on governments—including our own—that violate international agreements or mistreat their citizens.”—Linda Rabben, National Journal

"Drinan surveys the world from a human rights stand point between 1945 and early 2001. He chronicles successes and failures, names names, assesses nations' efforts toward peace building, and dares to predict a positive future. . . . Highly accessible, clearly written, and convincing. . . . I highly recommend this work for those who have not given up and given in to despair. Furthermore, I hope that Drinan is working on a sequel!"—Moni McIntyre, Catholic Books Review

Robert F. Drinan is the recipient of the 2003 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal. The honor was bestowed on Father Drinan to recognize his achievements that have ‘embodied the spirit of Franklin D. Roosevelt'

Robert Drinan was awarded the 2004 ABA Medal, the ABA medal recognizes exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence; "In an amazing career that has spanned more than half a century, Father Drinan has never faltered in his extraordinary humanitarian efforts and support for justice under the law. He has demonstrated to lawyers what it means to be committed to public service and to countless law students what is embodied in the highest dedication to ethical, moral legal practice. By his standards of leadership, he contributes to the luster and dignity of our award," said Archer in announcing the selection.”—From the ABA Award presentation
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