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The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law edited by Shelton, Dinah

Part II Historical and Legal Sources, Ch.9 The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Rise of International Non-Governmental Organizations

Jenny S Martinez

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Edited By: Dinah Shelton

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 May 2020

Subject(s):
Access to justice — Women, rights — Development, right to — Enslavement and forced labour — Crimes against humanity — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) — Colonization / Decolonization

This article examines the history of the emergence in the nineteenth century of non-governmental organizations, focusing on those organized around slavery and women�s rights and suffrage. It explains that like the modern human rights movements, the movement for the abolition of slavery and the slave trade involved transborder activism by privately organized individuals and included the strengthening of international treaty regimes concerning the slave trade as one of its goals. It suggests that one key similarity between these historical antecedents and modern human rights activism is the importance of transnational ties to successful mobilization.

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