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In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary
of Amnesty International
Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
By Amnesty International USA
With a Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“Vibrant and often chilling, these stories paint a rousing picture of the continuing battle to ensure basic human dignity.”—Publishers Weekly
Amnesty International, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, is a world-renowned organization with nearly three million members in 150 countries. Since 1961, it has exposed serious human rights violations and mobilized millions of ordinary citizens to prevent and stop abuses; its life-saving work has helped free tens of thousands of political prisoners, brought justice to victims of rights abuse, stopped torture and executions, and helped spur a global human rights movement. To mark its anniversary, Amnesty International has compiled FREEDOM: Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Three Rivers Press Paperback Original; January 2011), an eclectic anthology with a foreward by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and including some of the most notable writers of our time that will prompt readers to engage imaginatively with what human rights mean for all of us.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the founding document of the human rights movement, memorably begins with Article 1: “We are all born free and equal” and the stories in FREEDOM are inspired by each of the thirty UDHR rights. The stores featured have been penned by some of the greatest contributors to literature today including Joyce Carol Oates, Kate Atkinson, Nadine Gordimer, Paulo Coelho, Yann Martel, A.L. Kennedy, Ali Smith, Walter Mosley, James Meek, Ariel Dorfman, and David Mitchell, most of whom wrote their stories especially for this anthology. Thoughtful and serious, funny and thrilling, these stories provide some completely unexpected takes on the issue of human rights, which too many of us take for granted.
, FREEDOM brings attention to the grave injustices of our world and urges readers to affirm their conviction that every human being, holds basic inalienable rightswhich must not be denied. Poignant and inspirational, FREEDOM is a call to stand-up for the rights of all.
About the Authors
Authors included in Freedom are: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Vered Cohen-Barzilay, Kate Allen, Patricia Grace, A.L. Kennedy, James Meek, Marina Lewycka, Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Gabriella Ambrosio, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, David Mitchell, Ariel Dorfman, Amit Chaudhuri, Petina Gappah, Milton Hatoum, Ali Smith, David Constantine, Jon Fosse, Kate Atkinson, Banana Yoshimoto, Alexis Wright, Helen Dunmore, Héctor Aguilar Camín, Paulo Coelho, Mahmoud Saeed, Richard Griffiths, Juan Goytisolo, Yann Martel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nadine Gordimer, Xiaolu Guo, Alice Pung, Ishmael Beah, Alan Garner, Liana Badr, Rohinton Mistry, Olja Knezevic, and Henning Mankell.
By Amnesty International USA
Three Rivers Press Paperback Original
January , 2011 * Pages: 432
Price: $16.00 * ISBN: 978-0-307-58883-8
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 2.8 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
For more information, please visit: www.amnestyusa.org.