"...International law is political... We must
abandon the myth that with law we enter the secure, stable and
determinate. In reality we are simply engaged in another discursive
political practice about how we should live.." -
Dr Colin J Harvey [see also
Human Rights &
the Tamil Nation ]
* indicates link to
** indicates link to
International mission to Sri Lanka, 9-15 January 1975
International mission to Sri Lanka, 31 January-9 February 1982
International: 1992 Report on Human Rights Around the World
International: 1993 Report on Human Rights Around the World
International: 1994 Report on Human Rights Around the World
International: 1995 Report on Human Rights Around the World
International: 1996 Report on Human Rights Around the World
Amnesty International: Human Rights-Selected International Standards and
Important Treaties on Human Rights
* Omer Yousif Elagab -
International Law Documents Relating to Terrorism
"The book provides a single text covering all the
basic documents in international law relating to terrorism,
extracts from judicial decisions and the relevant UK material."
Goodhart, Lord William et al.
Judicial Independence in Sri Lanka - Report of a Mission to Sri Lanka (14-23
September 1977) by the Centre for the Independence of Judges and lawyers, Geneva
Primo Tregua Levi
If This Is a Man and the Truce (Penguin Modern Classics)
From reviews at Amazon.com: "If I had to
nominate one book from the 20th century to give to a person from
another century it would be this one. Reading 'If This Is
A Man' was a humbling experience in a way that no other book or
movie I have encountered in my life has been.
People sometimes suggest that the Holocaust is
old news, part of a long ago past. The day after I finished
Levi's book I heard five English soccer fans singing songs about
Belsen, imitating the sound of gas escaping and yelling "turn on
the shower" - and laughing. I've debated with educated Americans
who believe the Holocaust was exaggerated and that most of the
deaths were caused by disease. One in seven French voters
support a man who is in Holocaust denial. Perhaps these people
would not be changed by this book, but I hope that a hundred
years from now, millions of people will still be reading Primo
Levi and learning from this sad, brave, modest man.
If you are a man, no matter if you're Jew or
German or whatever else, you cannot read this book emotionless.
This is something so strong words are not enough to describe it.
Nobody must forget, nobody must repeat what's so honestly
described in this pages. Primo Levi committed suicide 40 years
later, never able to chase those days off his days and nights.
We owe him and everybody who suffered that atrocity at least the
promise to keep on reading his testimony, generation after
generation, no matter our race, religion or gender..."
* Primo Tregua Levi -
Survival in Auschwitz : The Nazi Assault on Humanity
From the Book Description: "In 1943, Primo
Levi, a twenty-five-year-old chemist and "Italian citizen of
Jewish race," was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from
his native Turin to Auschwitz. Survival in Auschwitz is
Levi's classic account of his ten months in the German death
camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous
endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, compassion,
and even wit, Survival in Auschwitz remains a lasting
testament to the indestructibility of the human spirit."
King Jr. -
A Knock at Midnight : Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin
Luther King, Jr
- Clayborne Carson(Editor), Peter Holloran (Editor). Paperback (January 2000)
from the inside flap: - a definitive collection of
eleven of Martin Luther King's most powerful and spiritual
sermons, moving and meaningful words to live by for everyone.
'Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher. This was
my first calling and it still remains my greatest commitment'.
A Testament of Hope : The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King,
Jr. James Melvin Washington (Editor), Paperback (January 1991)
strong man holds in a living blend
strongly marked opposites. Not ordinarily do men achieve
this balance of opposites. The idealists are not usually
realistic, and the realists are not usually idealistic. The
militants are not generally known to be passive, nor the passive
to be militant. Seldom are the humble self assertive or the self
assertive humble. But life at its best is a creative syntheses
of opposites in fruitful harmony.... truth is found neither in
the thesis nor the antithesis, but in the an emerging synthesis
which reconciles the two.
recognised the need for blending opposites. He knew that his
disciples would face a difficult and hostile world, where they
would confront the recalcitrance of political officials and the
intransigence of the protectors of the old order. He knew that
they would meet cold and arrogant men whose hearts had be
hardened by the long winter of traditionalism. So he said to
them, 'Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of
wolves'. And he gave them a formula for action; 'Be ye therefore
wise as serpents, and harmless as doves'. It is pretty difficult
to imagine a single person having simultaneously, the
characteristics of the serpent and the dove, but that is what
Jesus expects. We must combine the toughness of the serpent and
the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart...
not need to look far to detect the dangers of soft mindedness.
Dictators, capitalising on soft mindedness, have led men to acts
of barbarity and terror that are unthinkable in civilised
society. Adolf Hitler realised that soft mindedness was so
prevalent among his followers that he said, 'I use emotion for
the many and reserve reason for the few'. In
he asserted: 'By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated,
it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell - and
hell, heaven... The greater the lie, the more readily it will be
believed...' There is little hope for us until we become tough
minded... A nation or a civilisation that continues to produce
soft minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an
*Martin Luther King,
Jr., Coretta Scott King -
Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. / Paperback / 1992
*Robert Melson, et al
Revolution and Genocide : On the Origins of the Armenian Genocide and the
Holocaust , 1986