Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law


The Human Rights Diplomacy of Regional and Political Groups within the UN Human Rights Council

Keywords UN Human Rights Council, human rights diplomacy, clash of civilizations, regional and political groups, UN HRC
Authors István Lakatos
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István Lakatos
István Lakatos: career diplomat, former human rights ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, current senior adviser of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro.
  • Abstract

      The article provides a comprehensive picture of the human rights diplomacy of the five most important groups of states (sub-Saharan African states, Asian states, Muslim states, the EU, and Latin American and Caribbean states) in the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC). This paper intends to debunk the myth that the UN HRC has become a platform for the “clash of civilizations”. An analysis of bloc behavior proves that the dividing lines are not between civilizations, but within each group, between governments aiming at establishing a strong global human rights regime and those, seeking to undermine it.

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