Philanthropie oder die Ausbeutung eines Ideals? Die Menschenrechtspolitik der Organisation Amerikanischer Staaten in Lateinamerika (1970-1991)

Translated title of the contribution: Philanthropy or the exploitation of an ideal? : The human rights policy of the Organisation of American States in Latin America (1970-1991)

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Abstract

The article provides an analysis on the human rights policy of the Organization
of American States (OAS) between 1970 and 1991. A description of the evolution of the
inter-American system of human rights, especially the OAS Commission on Human Rights,
is followed by an account of the human rights situation in the 1970s determined by military
governments in the Southern Cone and US president Jimmy Carter’s vow to strengthen human
rights. In the 1980s, the Central American civil wars and Reagan’s strong anti-communism
affected the human rights debate within the OAS. The author finally concludes on
whether the human rights policy of the OAS was successful or not, and examines the question
if the human rights issue was used as a tool for political ends, particularly by the US.
Translated title of the contributionPhilanthropy or the exploitation of an ideal? : The human rights policy of the Organisation of American States in Latin America (1970-1991)
Original languageGerman
JournalJahrbuch fuer Geschichte Lateinamerikas
Volume40
Pages (from-to)391-397
Number of pages7
ISSN1438-4752
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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