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This A-Z encyclopaedia provides a comprehensive examination of human rights with 600 illustrated entries by experts in the field. It offers country-by-country approach to this issue with entries on torture, slavery, asylum, genocide, hostages, imprisonment, and freedom of the press.
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Gr 9-Up This accessible set will give students the essential information they need to begin research on a number of topics. The alphabetically arranged entries in Section I cover individual countries. Each contains brief historical background on the nation followed by a description of its human-rights record. The black-and-white maps that accompany the entries highlight the country in relation to its neighbors and include an inset outline of the individual nation. These simple, often small maps can be confusing. Equatorial Guinea gets lost on the map of Africa and some students will have a hard time locating Barbados (and the Caribbean) in relation to the rest of the world. Section II covers issues and individuals including child labor, the Dalai Lama, land mines, marriage and family, forced prostitution, racism, female genital mutilation, Elie Wiesel, and xenophobia. In all, there are approximately 600 clearly written, signed entries generally ranging from two to three pages in length. Each article concludes with a brief, up-to-date bibliography. The appendixes contain the texts of major related United Nations documents and a list of selected human-rights organizations. The layout features clear print and easy-to-read headings. Average-quality, black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout. Overall, this excellent resource will help students understand some complex issues and inform them about oppressive conditions throughout the world. Madeleine G. Wright, New Hampton School, NH
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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