The Impact of Western Human Rights Policies on the Human Rights Situation in China
This article analyses the human rights policies of Western governments towards the People’s Republic of China from the Tiananmen massacre in 1989 until now, with a special focus being put on those of the United States and the European Union. The Western governments have departed from a more aggressive human rights policy using instruments like sanctions and resolutions critical of China in the UN Human Rights Commission and have now adopted a more co-operative policy involving dialogue as their main tool of diplomacy. Despite this, however, the Western human rights policies have only enjoyed limited success; the overall human rights situation in China has hardly improved at all. The Western policies have only pushed the People’s Republic towards greater co-operation on the international stage and into signing the two core human rights treaties.
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Volume (Year): 36 (2007)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
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