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.
South African human rights, UN Human Rights Council
African Studies | International Relations | Political Science
Lynne Rienner Press
JORDAAN, Eduard.(2014). South Africa and abusive regimes at the UN Human Rights Council. Global Governance, 20(2), 233-254.
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