Human Rights Diplomacy: Contemporary Perspectives by Zdzis?aw K?dzia, Amrei Müller and George Ulrich Michael

By Zdzis?aw K?dzia, Amrei Müller and George Ulrich Michael OFlaherty

This selection of essays explores the concept, instruments and demanding situations of human rights international relations, that is understood because the utilisation of diplomatic negotiation and persuasion for the explicit goal of marketing and maintaining human rights. Theoretical reflections are mixed with first-hand bills from a number policy-makers serious about human rights international relations on the bilateral, local and multilateral (UN) point. members comprise inter-governmentally appointed office-holders, human rights ambassadors, contributors of UN human rights treaty our bodies and representatives of inter-governmental agencies, nationwide human rights companies and non-governmental agencies. Their research exhibits that skilful and principled international relations can develop into a very important a part of a holistic method of human rights safety, complementing different skill reminiscent of felony treatments, public advocacy, political strain and technical counsel. This booklet builds on discussions at a high-level workshop at the subject, organised via the collage of Nottingham Human Rights legislation Centre, the ecu Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation and the Adam Mickiewicz collage of Poznań.

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223–50. 40 Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (The Paris Principles), annex to UNGA Res 48/134 (1993), UN Doc A/RES/48/134 (20 December 1993). introduction17 including ensuring that initiatives at these different levels do not obstruct or duplicate, but reinforce and complement each other. A related role is that of bringing in-depth knowledge about the human rights situation at the national level into discussions in international or regional forums, and ensuring at the same time that decisions of regional and international organisations are implemented by relevant governmental and non-governmental actors at the national level.

34 george ulrich privacy protections, fair trial guarantees, and in notable cases even the prohibition of torture and related norms—all in the name of counterterrorism. 26 It may be tempting in such cases to dismiss government unwillingness to respect human rights simply as a matter of bad faith in the sense outlined above. While I agree with this assessment in many particular instances, my sense is nevertheless that the underlying pattern of invoking competing priorities is so widespread that it needs to be taken seriously as a legitimate parameter of contesting human rights.

Elected government officials do something similar when they engage with international and institutional counterparts in a flexible, ‘diplomatic’ manner while at the same time needing to project strong and uncompromising standpoints in the public media, where the primary addressees are their home political constituencies. ’ See R. 47. Roth associates the ‘public voice’ of government representatives and high office holders with a capacity for exerting sustained ‘public pressure’ on violators. His key argument is that this capacity is grossly underused in current international relations to the detriment of human rights diplomacy and of human rights generally.

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