International Human Rights Law and Diplomacy
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International Human Rights Law and Diplomacy

Kriangsak Kittichaisaree

This incisive book provides an unparalleled insight into the ways in which international human rights law functions in a real world context across cultural, religious and geopolitical divides. Written by a professor, former ambassador and international judge, the book demonstrates how power, diplomacy, tactics and processes operate within the human rights system from the perspective of a non-Western insider with more than three decades’ experience in the field.
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Chapter 4: Regional human rights mechanisms: tailor-made for the locals?

Kriangsak Kittichaisaree


Regional human rights systems are supposed to better serve human rights needs of nation States in the respective regions. Europe’s is the most established one although it struggles to protect certain human rights where there is no European consensus, such as the right to abortion, and as regards the right of Muslims to wear Islamic dress and to apply Sharia. The regional human rights mechanisms in the Americas have tried to deny any excuse governments may invoke, both domestically and internationally, not to comply with their human rights obligations, and they are innovative in protecting the rights of indigenous peoples, the environment and victims of human rights abuses. The African regional human rights system supplements global human rights treaty regimes with its own so as to cover African situations. The systems in the rest of the world’s regions are not as developed, being overshadowed by political, religious and cultural considerations.

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