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Introduction. Human Rights Diplomacy Contemporary Perspectives

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The implementation of international human rights standards can be pursued by legal redress, technical assistance, political pressure and non-governmental advocacy. Another such means which has not received much attention is the undertaking of human rights diplomacy. This book explores the notion, dimensions and means of human rights diplomacy. Human rights diplomacy aims at both persuading counterparts to introduce measures to advance the implementation of human rights and dissuading them from taking action that is contrary to human rights. In the analysis of human rights diplomacy it is important to acknowledge that while most actors engage in this pursuit in good faith with general aim in one way or another to advance the cause of human rights, there are also a variety of ways in which human rights diplomacy can be misused. The introductory chapter of the book presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: counterparts; human rights diplomacy; implementation; legal redress; misused; political pressure

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