Human Rights have become a main feature of present-day international politics. In this new fully revised and updated edition, The Role of Human Rights in Foreign Policy discusses contemporary issues such as the question of whether human rights is a concept with universal validity, the role of collective rights, the increased importance of economic, social and cultural rights, and combating impunity of perpetrators of human rights violations. It then deals with dilemmas of foreign policy, the available policy instruments, and the role of states, intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors. Examples are taken from the practice of the United States, the Netherlands, the United Nations and other international organizations, and non-state actors such as non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations and armed opposition groups. The full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, is included.

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