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By Hurst Hannum

The traditional paintings in its box, this up-to-date and multiplied variation provides an eminently functional 'nuts-and-bolts' advisor to overseas human rights legislations and perform. The individuals, all experts of their components of craftsmanship, provide a breathtaking but meticulously precise survey of the various ideas now on hand to guard human rights at international, local, and nationwide degrees. Appendices comprise a bibliographic essay that serves as a mini-guide to modern human rights literature, in either print and online resources.

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Objective and thorough fact-finding lies at the heart of human rights work, and it is important for individuals and NGOs to distinguish between facts relevant to human rights and broader political concerns. This does not mean that NGOs should be oblivious to the political context in which they work; it is certainly legitimate, for example, to time the release of a report on human rights in a country or the initiation of legal proceedings to coincide with a legislative debate on economic assistance or the visit of a head of state to the NGO's home country.

However, maintaining the credibility of an individual NGO and the human rights movement in general does require competence and professionalism. Objective and thorough fact-finding lies at the heart of human rights work, and it is important for individuals and NGOs to distinguish between facts relevant to human rights and broader political concerns. This does not mean that NGOs should be oblivious to the political context in which they work; it is certainly legitimate, for example, to time the release of a report on human rights in a country or the initiation of legal proceedings to coincide with a legislative debate on economic assistance or the visit of a head of state to the NGO's home country.

Many mechanisms that address individual communications are confidential, but judicious use of the media and mobilization of international public opinion is nevertheless possible. It is essential to seek advice from the secretariats of the relevant bodies and from knowledgeable NGOs or lawyers, in order to determine whether publicity is appropriate in a particular case. The decision to seek or avoid publicity is a tactical one and may depend on the circumstances of the particular victim, but the mere fact that a case has been filed should certainly be considered to be public information.

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