Item description for The Face of Human Rights by Walter Kälin...
There is a remarkable paucity of pictorial material to draw on when discussing human rights and the way they are respected or infringed, yet we are deluged everyday in every medium with images that openly show violence. The result is a surfeit of cynicism.
The Face of Human Rights presents no such exotic cruelty; rather, the photographs it gathers together capture injustice and evoke real feelings, inviting the reader to participate in an emotionally and intellectually sincere manner. Images of normality in a peaceful world complete the picture and, though they risk losing the reader too tuned into spectacle, they are worth the risk.
The Face of Human Rights takes a novel approach to a critical topic, interspersing a visual interpretation of individual legal aspects with textual collages from historical and current human rights discussions. It offers facts and figures, and acknowledges the efforts governmental and non-governmental organizations are making to defend human rights and stamp out their infringement. This publication is intended to help an international public to understand the complex demands, connections, and obstacles involved in a just and fair life together for all human beings.
300,000 children under the age of 18 serve in government forces or armed rebel groups / there is no country in the world where women's wages are equal to those of men / the U.S. government confirms that over 200 inmates have been wrongly convicted since 1973 / average life expectancy in the world is now 66 years, 20 years more than in 1960 / 1.3 billion people still lack access to safe water and 2.3 billion to sanitation / the adult literacy rate worldwide has increased by more than one-third since 1970, but 70% of illiterates are women / over a quarter of the worlds people do not get enough food / approximately one in every five black Americans is jailed at some time during their life.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 6.8" Height: 2.1" Weight: 4.45 lbs.
Release Date Nov 18, 2004
Publisher Lars Müller Publishers
ISBN 3037780177 ISBN13 9783037780176
Reviews - What do customers think about The Face of Human Rights?
Remarkable Feb 7, 2007
The Face of Human Rights, is a superb visual/statical collective of what is working, and what is not. In my view, it is a dictionary of human rights, and one that offers something for everyone. The guidelines are also very well designed, and color coded in such a way that it makes it hard to loose sight of a single page. This books aims to be informative in all aspects, and so truly an achievement to accomplish amidst its international scale. It's a fantastic book,
No Longer Without A Face May 2, 2005
Filled with statistics and factual data, The Face Of Human Rights is a pictorial perspective on human rights standards defined by international law and how its applied. It documents human rights violations worldwide, each illustration an uncompromising reality of powermongering getting out of hand. To prove once and for all no place on earth exists without unequity among sex, race, that also conflicts with personal identity under any circumstance, each country tells its own story. The book is 700+ pages in length, perfectly capturing the gruesome conditions of refugee camps(azerbaijan, colombia, palestine, ivory coast,afghanistan,etc.), prison confinement(death row, illegal executions, caged beds in psychiatric institutions, etc.), military occupations and life affected by war damage(kosovo, palestine,rwanda, etc.), scrutinizes relgious and social laws (iran, india, saudi arabia,), political freedom(iraq, korea, usa, kuwait,etc), womyns rights(family, identity, reproductive rights, enfranchisement,etc), child protection and services like healthcare and access to education(italy, czech republic, mali, etc.)- these are only a few areas out of the many that are brought to the attention of the reader. You have to prepare yourself for the terror unleashed within these pages: the painful expressions some carry do not adequately describe the brutalities(in the sense that even though you see it, you can't fathom it), and puts "security" and our own privacy into question. The vivide photography of the book also demonstrates what individual people can do/have done to counteract these abuses. Very informative and mind boggling- children who look no older than 8 but have the aging lines of a 40 year old manipulated into armed combat or committing war crimes and then getting imprisoned. Women still being treated as property and not recognized as citizens, or much less human beings because of their husband's identity or socio-economic status. Please get this book!!