No-nonsense guide to human rights

The remarkable Olivia Ball has co-written a book, “The No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights” (you can believe the title, I don’t think I know anyone less nonsense-like than Olivia!). It’s due for release in October, and will be available through international New Internationalist sites, Amnesty International and Amazon – and I’m sure other bookshops too.

“This guide for the 21st century examines the emerging terrain of global civil society, covering cutting-edge approaches to activism as well as the tried and true techniques and their pitfalls. You will find out how to take a complaint to the United Nations, where to find the treaties your government has signed but might wish it hadn’t, and how to compile a shadow report when your country’s human rights performance is assessed at the highest levels. Read about how to secure international support for your campaign and successful ways activists have avoided being killed.

The text is enlivened with real-life stories from around the world: the voices of people living the daily reality of human rights violation and those who take on the abusers. Far from academic legalese, it is an accessible, practical handbook intended to equip and inspire without sacrificing intellectual rigour or shying away from the thorny issues.

An activist’s and owner’s manual of compelling importance to today’s world.”

Desmond Tutu has written the foreword. Mary Robinson says of the book, “Accessible without becoming superficial, Ball and Gready have an engaging style and impressive command of this important subject. More than simply a practitioner’s handbook, The No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights makes an intellectual contribution of its own to the field. This pocket-sized book is important reading for the novice and equally useful for the seasoned human rights practitioner.”

Can’t wait to read it.