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Human rights, now a regular part of international relations, were not recognized as a legitimate subject of diplomatic concern prior to 1945. Jack Donnelly traces the rise of human rights issues after World War II, through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the dark days of the Cold War, the resurgence of interest during the Carter presidency, and the Reagan administration’s resistance, up to the current post–Cold War era.Although concerned primarily with the international politics of human rights, the ...

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Human rights, now a regular part of international relations, were not recognized as a legitimate subject of diplomatic concern prior to 1945. Jack Donnelly traces the rise of human rights issues after World War II, through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the dark days of the Cold War, the resurgence of interest during the Carter presidency, and the Reagan administration’s resistance, up to the current post–Cold War era.Although concerned primarily with the international politics of human rights, the book includes a chapter on theoretical issues, including the moral basis of human rights, problems of cultural relativism, and the place of human rights in the contemporary international society of states. Case studies of human rights violations in Chile, Argentina, South Africa, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, as well as extensive illustrations drawn from other parts of the world, lend concreteness to the discussion. Throughout the volume, Donnelly gives attention not only to the realist emphasis on power and international anarchy but also to the reality and impact of moral concerns, interdependence, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations.Tables, boxes, photos, cartoons, and essential human rights documents accompany the text, along with features common to all Dilemmas in World Politics books—discussion questions, suggested readings, a chronology, and a glossary. International Human Rights is ideal for all levels of students in international relations, foreign policy, peace studies, international organizations, and law.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813399690
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Dilemmas in World Politics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Donnelly is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He has written numerous articles on human rights theory and practice that have appeared in journals such as American Political Science Review, World Politics, and Human Rights Quarterly. He is also the author of Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Boxes
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Introduction: A Note to the Reader 1
1 Human Rights as an Issue in World Politics 3
The Emergence of International Human Rights Norms 4
From Cold War to Covenants 7
The 1970s: From Standard Setting to Monitoring 9
The 1980s: Further Growth and Institutionalization 11
The 1990s: Continuity and Change in the Post-Cold War Era 13
2 Theories of Human Rights 18
The Nature of Human Rights 18
The Source or Justification of Human Rights 20
Lists of Human Rights 22
Human Rights and the Society of States 26
Realism and Human Rights 30
Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights 32
3 The Domestic Politics of Human Rights: The Case of the Southern Cone 36
Politics Before the Coups 36
Torture and Disappearances 38
The National Security Doctrine 40
Human Rights NGOs 43
The Collapse of Military Rule 45
Nunca Mas: Settling Accounts with Torturers and the Past 46
4 The Multilateral Politics of Human Rights 51
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights 51
Treaty-Reporting Systems 57
Workers' Rights and Apartheid 62
Regional Human Rights Regimes 68
Assessing Multilateral Human Rights Mechanisms 82
5 Human Rights and Foreign Policy 86
Central Issues in U.S. International Human Rights Policy 86
Central America and U.S. Human Rights Policy 91
The United States and the Southern Cone 101
U.S. Policy Toward South Africa 103
Other Western Approaches to International Human Rights 107
Explaining Differences in International Human Rights Policies 110
6 Responding to Tiananmen 115
China's Democracy Movement 115
International Responses to Tiananmen 120
Assessing the Impact of International Action 126
Constructive Engagement Revisited 128
Postscript: Asian Values 131
7 War and Genocide in the Former Yugoslavia 136
Background to the Conflict 136
War and Genocide 138
The International Response 139
New Patterns and Precedents 144
Nationalism and Human Rights 146
8 International Human Rights in a Post-Cold War World 149
Ideology and Intervention 149
Sovereignty, Power, and Interdependence 151
Democracy and Human Rights 153
Markets and Human Rights 159
International Human Rights Policy in a New World Order 161
Appendix Universal Declaration of Human Rights 165
Discussion Questions 169
Notes 181
Suggested Readings 191
Glossary 201
Index 205
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