The Noble Banner of Human Rights

Essays in Memory of Tom Lantos

Tom Lantos was a Hungarian-born U.S. Congressman remembered for raising awareness and respect for human rights around the world. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980 becoming the only Holocaust survivor ever to serve in the Congress. In 1983 he co-founded and chaired the Congressional Human Rights Caucus renamed in his honour as the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. With articles authored by leading academics this Festschrift remembers Tom Lantos’s extensive human rights activism on the human rights themes he was passionately involved with around the world. The essays offer new insights on a range of topical human rights issues, such as human rights education, religious freedom, post-conflict justice, minority rights and identity politics.

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Katrina Lantos Swett, PhD, is President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and serves as the Co-Chair of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. Dr. Lantos Swett previously served as Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and she is an adjunct professor at Tufts University.

Anna-Mária Bíró, PhD, is the Director of the Tom Lantos Institute. She directed the Europe Office of Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and worked as an Advisor on Minority Affairs at the OSCE Mission in Kosovo. She advocated and published extensively in the field of international minority protection.
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Katrina Lantos Swett
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Notes on Contributors

1 The Human Rights Legacy of Congressman Tom Lantos
Robert R. King
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2 Religious Freedom in Iran and the Middle East: The Case of the Baháʾís in Selected Countries
Geoffrey Cameron and Nazila Ghanea
3 Friends in High Places? The Externalisation of Hungarian Minority Rights Claims
Myra A. Waterbury
4 Dealing with the Past in the Post-Yugoslav Space: Truth, Memory and Identity after Atrocity
Edin Hodžić
5 Human Rights Education and Training: Global Standards and Efforts Underway in China
Gudmundur Alfredsson and Zhang Wei
6 Minority Rights in Myanmar: Negotiating Identity Politics and Human Rights
Andrew Fagan
7 Sudan: A Country of Many Identities Subdued to One
Rania El Rajji
8 Contemporary Forms of the Oldest Hatred: Modern Antisemitism in the Visegrád Countries
Ildikó Barna, Anikó Félix, Grigorij Mesežnikov, Rafal Pankowski and Veronika Šternová
All interested in recent developments and the most pressing issues of human and minority rights and identity politics in selected regions of the world.