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Land of Blue HelmetsThe United Nations and the Arab World$
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Karim Makdisi and Vijay Prashad

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286931

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286931.001.0001

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The UN Human Rights Game and the Arab Region

The UN Human Rights Game and the Arab Region

Playing not to Lose

(p.253) Eleven The UN Human Rights Game and the Arab Region
Land of Blue Helmets

Fateh Azzam

University of California Press

This chapter examines the role played by the international human rights protection system and its mutual interactions with countries and societies of the Arab region. The United Nations human rights system has grown considerably over the past six decadess, and with it the demands for human rights protection and their respect around the world, including in the Arab region. The revolts that first hit the region in 2011 brought into sharp focus the interdependence of development, democracy, and human rights, first articulated in the outcome document of the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993. This chapter first provides an overview of the UN normative framework of human rights before discussing how Arab states engaged with this framework and how the UN bodies and processes have dealt with rights issues in the region. It also reviews Arab civil society's interactions with and usage of the UN human rights system.

Keywords:   human rights protection system, Arab region, United Nations, revolts, development, democracy, human rights, civil society

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