Resources, Violence, and Deprivation of CitizenshipEdited by Heather Smith-Cannoy
As widespread environmental degradation threatens the basic human rights of a large proportion of the world’s population, we are also confronting the worst migration crisis in the modern era. Emerging Threats to Human Rights searches among the interrelated causes of these overlapping crises. The editor and contributors to this timely anthology assess how environmental resources, state violence, and the deprivation of nationality/citizenship are linked to gain a better understanding of how human rights abuses intersect with patterns of migration.
As some refugees flee violence at home, they arrive in an asylum country only to experience violence at the hands of the native population. Likewise, those denied citizenship rights in their country become vulnerable to human traffickers and other rights violations when they flee.
Bringing together scholars of resource dilemmas, violence, and citizenship as well as lawyers and human rights practitioners, Emerging Threats to Human Rights begins by identifying the core causes of human rights violations confronting our world today. Chapters also consider whether and to what extent these emerging threats to human rights serve as drivers of displacement.
Contributors: Maximilian Aviles, Neil A. Englehart, Kerstin Fisk, Brian Frederking, Beatrice Lindstrom, Robert Mandel, Jeannette Money, Patricia C. Rodda, Michelle Scobie, Charles Anthony Smith, Shaina Western, and the editor
“This book is essential reading for anyone interested in learning more about present and emerging threats to the human rights of forcefully displaced migrants. The contributors, all experts in their fields, focus on important drivers of human flight across international borders—violations of human rights, climate change, and environmental degradation. They describe the negative responses migrants, refugees, and stateless peoples often face in destination countries, emphasizing the devastating human rights consequences of denying them a path to citizenship. ”
—David Cingranelli, Professor of Political Science, Co-Director, Binghamton University Human Rights Institute, and co-author of Human Rights and Structural Adjustment
“This innovative volume brings together fresh perspectives on the conflict-environment-migration nexus and recenters rights analysis. It shows that despite the promises of the global rights regime, deprivation of citizenship is still the key driver of abuse of asylum seekers, settled refugees, and internally affected populations alike. Each chapter delivers solid empirical analysis of the critical rights challenges of our era and traces the patterns and responses to violence, displacement, and deprivation.”
—Alison Brysk, Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of The Struggle for Freedom from Fear: Contesting Violence against Women at the Frontiers of Globalization
"The imperative behind seriously considering the mounting negative effects of climate change on human, animal, plant species and the environment not only calls for an urgent reconsideration of the choices governments, organizations and individual actors make, but security frameworks as well. Emerging Threats to Human Rights , edited by Heather Smith-Cannoy, does just that due to its interdisciplinary approach and the call to action that most of its chapters demand."
—New Political Science
" (C)ontributors to Emerging Threats to Human Rights , edited by Heather Smith-Cannoy, argue that a human rights focus is necessary to comprehensively investigate contemporary migration patterns and challenges. To this end, contributors to this book analyse threats to human rights as a driver for migration from three interrelated but analytically discrete sources: resource degradation, violence, and deprivation of citizenship.... (T)he book overall presents a complex, holistic analysis of threats to human rights.... (It) succeeds in offering interesting insights into the challenges that emerging threats to human rights pose to the future of humanity."
—Journal of Citizenship and Globalisation Studies