Journal Article

Human Rights Reports from Illiberal States

Andrew Wolman

in Journal of Human Rights Practice

Volume 7, issue 1, pages 166-176
Published in print February 2015 | ISSN: 1757-9619
Published online May 2014 | e-ISSN: 1757-9627 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/huu006
Human Rights Reports from Illiberal States

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While the drafting of human rights reports by illiberal states appears to be a growing phenomenon, such reports have so far received little attention from academics or the human rights community. This essay will review three such reports, drafted by government authorities in China, Russia, and Iran. As substantive documents, these reports may have little to add to our existing knowledge of the target state; they sometimes cite false or unreliable sources, and the conclusions seem predictable and one-sided. While such reports cite laudable objectives, they also seem intended to deflect criticism and justify human rights violations by the drafting state. Nevertheless, such reports may end up producing positive impacts, if only inadvertently.

Keywords: human rights reports; China; Iran; Russia

Journal Article.  4184 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates ; Human Rights and Immigration ; Human Rights ; Politics ; Social Movements and Social Change

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