Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-2014

Abstract

This article assesses South Africa's foreign policy commitment to human rights, by studying the country's role in the United Nations Human Rights Council, which began its work in 2006. South Africa's behavior is evaluated in terms of its participation in four aspects of the Council's work: the institution-building phase that took place during the body's first year, country-specific human rights issues, thematic human rights problems, and the Universal Periodic Review. It is concluded that, South Africa has become a defender of unpalatable regimes and an obstacle to the international promotion of human rights.

Keywords

human rights, foreign policy, local elections, South Africa

Discipline

Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Human Rights Quarterly

Volume

36

Issue

1

First Page

90

Last Page

122

ISSN

0275-0392

Identifier

10.1353/hrq.2014.0007

Publisher

Johns Hopkins University Press

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2014.0007

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