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  • Diccionario Juridico Segun la Jurisprudencia del Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico
Diccionario Juridico Segun la Jurisprudencia del Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico (Legal Dictionary According to the Jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico), by Mariano Morales (Cincinnati: Cincinnati College of Law, 1994).

A welcome addition to the libraries of those who work in the area of Hispanic-American law will be Mariano Morales’ two volume legal dictionary on the terminology and doctrines of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. More an encyclopedia than a mere dictionary, Morales’ treatise combines careful legal scholarship and research with the skills of library science. The result is a precise and comprehensive survey of the legal concepts and terms employed by Puerto Rican courts. The utility of this treatise reaches beyond the Puerto Rican judicial realm however—it is a valuable resource for anyone venturing into the realm of the Spanish language of the law. Given the growing Hispanic community in the United States, this work will prove a valuable asset in law libraries as well.

If you haven’t had occasion to look at the new format of Index on Censorship, we highly recommend you do so. Under the talented leadership of its new editor Ursula Owen, the Index has become a forum for the pressing human rights issues of our day. For more information, write Index on Censorship, Lancaster House, 33 Islington High Street, London N1 9LH, United Kingdom.

We welcome a new journal in the human rights field, Health and Human Rights, which is a quarterly publication sponsored by the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Health and Human Rights Subscription Office, P.O. Box 519, Shrub Oak, NY 01588-0519. The editor is Prof. Jonathan Mann.

A new and valuable resource has been inaugurated under the editorship of Professor David Harris at the University of Nottingham. International Human Rights Reports provide readily accessible and up-to-date coverage of the most important human rights documentation produced under the auspices of the United Nations and other regional bodies. They include the most recent decisions and opinions of the relevant human rights treaty bodies relating to individual and state complaints as well as the General Comments and Recommendations. The Reports are published three times a year and the subscription rate is $48 a year or overseas $95. The address is Human Rights Law Centre, Department of Law, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, United Kingdom.

Given the dramatic changes in the political landscape of our world, questions of the role of human rights in foreign policy need to be reassessed. Professor Peter Baehr of Leiden University and Utrecht University and Director of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, has provided a readily accessible book dealing with the general issues, as well as focusing specifically upon the [End Page 406] United States, the Soviet Union and its successors, Western Europe, the Third World, and the Netherlands. The Role of Human Rights in Foreign Policy is published by St. Martin’s Press (1994).

Moiwana 86 Human Rights Organization Suriname has published a report entitled Human Rights in Suriname, 1992–1994 issued in English by the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, SIM Special No. 14 (1994). The report employs the guidelines of the Yearbook of Human Rights in Developing Countries, and accordingly includes a discussion of economic and social rights. The civilian government is criticized for not pressing more forthrightly in its investigation and prosecution of human rights violations during the prior military regimes. The report measures the performances of the government against its international obligations in light of the fact that Suriname has ratified almost all of the human rights treaties. Illustrative of the economic and social rights discussion is the following observation under the health care section: “The appearance of mentally disturbed people in the streets, who are neglected and uncared for, is a new and disturbing phenomenon in Suriname” (p. 42).


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