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Geopolitics And Power: What Room For Human Rights?

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This chapter asks where the problems lie for human rights in the modern world. It looks particularly at governments: why do they behave as they behave, and how to improve their approach to human rights? It then looks at the balance between individual and the state in the light of changes that are occurring at such a pace in our world, try and draw a few conclusions on foreign policy objectives in human rights against that background, looks at United Nations' approach to this and what the United Nations can do for it. That core message is that in the implementation of human rights law and human rights norms, governments are pivotal, but the good ones are not doing enough, the bad ones are not sufficiently constrained, and in order to introduce some improvements and go in right direction, it is important to understand why both those things are true.

Keywords: foreign policy; government; human rights law; United Nations



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