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Like water on stone : the story of Amnesty International

Author: Jonathan Power; Amnesty International.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Northeastern University Press, ©2001.
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"Starting with the personal story of his long-time friendship with one of Amnesty's best-known adopted political prisoners, Olusegun Obasanjo, now the democratically elected president of Nigeria, Jonathan Power looks at Amnesty's work worldwide, including Guatemala, where their personnel risked their own lives to help those facing the death squads, and in the Central African Republic, where they exposed the horrific
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Power, Jonathan, 1941-
Like water on stone.
Boston, Mass. : Northeastern University Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)606552639
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Power; Amnesty International.
ISBN: 1555534872 9781555534875
OCLC Number: 45845483
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Prologue: The wheel turns in Nigeria --
1. Guatemala --
'only political killings' --
2. Bokassa, the dead children and the lessons unlearnt --
3. The Pinochet case --
4. Amnesty's forty years --
5. Northern Ireland --
Britain's dirty war --
6. Amnesty's black mark --
the Baader-Meinhof Gang --
7. Amnesty's success stories --
8. China --
from better to worse? --
9. The USA --
land of the free? --
10. Conclusion --
the world is a better place.
Responsibility: Jonathan Power.

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"Starting with the personal story of his long-time friendship with one of Amnesty's best-known adopted political prisoners, Olusegun Obasanjo, now the democratically elected president of Nigeria, Jonathan Power looks at Amnesty's work worldwide, including Guatemala, where their personnel risked their own lives to help those facing the death squads, and in the Central African Republic, where they exposed the horrific massacre of defenceless children. Other chapters examine the attempt to bring General Pinochet to justice, Britain's dirty war in Northern Ireland and one of the black marks in Amnesty's own history, their mistaken support of the Baader-Meinhof gang. Finally, Power focuses on the USA and its failure to address its own widespread human rights violations."

"Forty years on, Amnesty continues to question orthodoxies - even liberal ones. It has also radically reassessed its objectives. The struggle to free political prisoners goes on, but Amnesty also recognizes the need to fight for human rights in whatever form they are denied or abused. Its successes are often no more dramatic than the constant dripping of water on stone. But as Jonathan Power asserts, 'Amnesty may not yet have changed the world, but it has not left it as it found it either'."--Cover.

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