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Human rights and the new military urbanism

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephen Graham


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The world is inexorably becoming urban. Already, more than half of the world population lives in cities. By the end of this century this will be 90 percent. Cities have a direct impact on the lives of billions of people. Moreover, megacities like Beijing, New York, Sao Paulo and Delhi expand their political weight at the international stage. Nonetheless, the implications of urbanization for human rights are still unclear. Therefore Amnesty International Netherlands publishes a new volume in its Changing Perspectives on Human Rights series: The Future of Human Rights in an Urban World.The essays discuss different views on and aspects of human rights in an urbanized world. One of the authors emphasizes the positive role that mayors play in protecting the rights of migrants, which might create opportunities for human rights advocates. Other authors foresee a world marked by the urban divide between rich and poor in which rights to housing, privacy and protest are increasingly restricted. In this new collection of essays, politicians, policymakers and human rights activists will find inspiring and worrying trends, thoughts and visions on human rights and the city.

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Author(s): Graham S

Editor(s): van Lindert, T; Lettinga, D;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Future of Human Rights in an Urban World

Year: 2014

Pages: 45-50

Print publication date: 01/09/2014

Publisher: Amnesty International

Place Published: Amsterdam, The Netherlands