Rival transnational advocacy networks and Middle East politics at the U.N. Human Rights Council

Authored by: Laura K. Landolt

Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138807679
eBook ISBN: 9781315750972
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613763

10.4324/9781315750972.ch11

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Abstract

This chapter examines conflict between and within rival human rights transnational advocacy networks (TANs) over political and civil rights in Middle East and North African (MENA) states at the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC). Since the HRC’s 2006 creation, domestic and international human rights NGOs initiated and/or deepened their U.N. advocacy as a result of political opportunities at the HRC’s new mechanism, Universal Periodic Review (UPR). 1 Although most NGOs at the UPR/HRC are critical of government practices, a surprising number appear sympathetic to governments—even governments that openly abuse human rights.

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