Between Principle and Practice: Human Rights in North-South by David Gillies

By David Gillies

A comparative research of the discrepancy among government's phrases and activities with reference to human rights coverage. This paintings examines the human rights international relations of Canada, the Netherlands, and Norway, all filthy rich business democracies with a global attractiveness for protesting human rights abuses, from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s. the writer unearths that even those nations are seldom ready to sacrifice short-run financial or political pursuits to protest gross and systematic human rights abuses past their border. according to case stories of 5 3rd international nations - Sri Lanka, the Phillippines, China, Indonesia, and Surinam - the ebook explores the level which coverage ideas have been utilized in perform, exhibiting that constant, co-ordinated, and principled motion is elusive even for international locations with a name for internationalism. the writer highlights the turning out to be rift among North Atlantic democracies and rising Asian fiscal powers, the effectiveness of utilizing relief sanctions to guard human rights, and the vicissitudes of human rights programming in rising democracies.

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Between Principle and Practice: Human Rights in North-South Relations

A comparative research of the discrepancy among government's phrases and activities in regards to human rights coverage. This paintings examines the human rights international relations of Canada, the Netherlands, and Norway, all filthy rich commercial democracies with a global attractiveness for protesting human rights abuses, from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s.

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Activists complain of double standards when donors are tough with weak states (such as Kenya and Malawi) and pariah regimes (Suriname and Myanmar), yet soft-pedal with countries of greater commercial interest (China and Indonesia). While the activists rightly remind donors of the need for consistency, the politicians must wrestle with the trade-offs in aid withholding and consider whether conditionality will be effective in improving human rights. Official donors sometimes defend their unwillingness to make development aid conditional on respect for human rights by arguing that such an approach has little impact.

In Canada, the geopolitical significance of a large aid program to China and small aid programs in Central America and Haiti have led to public debate. 54 China is a constant for all three Western states. The Tiananmen Square massacre was a gross human rights violation calling for assertive international action. But each internationalist has significant economic and political interests in China that are likely to complicate human rights statecraft. Dutch and Norwegian ODA to China is modest, though Canada's aid program is large.

The emerging consensus among official donors on the importance of human rights and democratic pluralism in economic development has led to the growth of a new kind of official development assistance. The DAC donors have long supported projects to promote participatory development in economic assistance: providing services, strengthening the private sector or having local NCOS deliver services, and involving women in development. To these old-style participatory development issues are now added new ways of promoting good government and democratic pluralism.

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