Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2014

Abstract

There is some dispute over the extent to which South Africa has become a defender of regimes that abuse human rights. This article sheds further light on this question by focusing on South Africa's positions during the UN Human Rights Council's engagement with human rights problems in six countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Israel, North Korea, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Sudan. In five of the six chosen cases. South Africa's attitude ranged from reluctant to obstructive of efforts to defend human rights. In only one case-Israel-was South Africa willing to bring to bear the full weight of the council's power. These findings strengthen the argument that South Africa is prone to shielding regimes that abuse human rights.

Keywords

South African human rights, UN Human Rights Council

Discipline

African Studies | International Relations | Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Global Governance

Volume

20

Issue

2

First Page

233

Last Page

254

ISSN

1075-2846

Publisher

Lynne Rienner Press

Copyright Owner and License

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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.

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