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Victims' Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights

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2017.10.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Diana Tietjens Meyers, Victims' Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2016, 260pp., $31.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199930401. Reviewed by Rowan Cruft, University of Stirling What are the proper roles for victims' accounts of human rights violations? How should those who are not victims respond to victims' stories? How can both victims and non-victim human rights activists permissibly use these stories? In her perceptive review of Diana Tietjens Meyers' powerful book on these topics, Johanna Luttrell notes that 'the strength of Meyers's account is that it begins and ends in experience'.[1] In her 'Introduction', Meyers quotes carefully from Mohamedou Ould Slahi's Guantánamo Diary: I started to have nausea. My heart was a feather, and I shrank myself so small to hold myself together. I thought about all the kinds of torture I had... Read More

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