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The rising importance of human rights in bilateral and multilateral foreign policy-making has been a boon to the oppressed. But the protection of human rights is often at odds with the Westphalian ideal of non-intervention in the sovereign affairs of nations. In recent years, however, NGOs have successfully countered the sovereignty argument with aggressive and successful public campaigns. But are all human rights campaigns equal? Who decides which issue deserves attention? And why have so many nations been immune to scrutiny?

Civil/Human Rights NGOs

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U.S. Says Russian NGO Law Does Not Meet Human Rights Commitments

The United States presented to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) January 26 its concerns about Russia’s new law on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 10.

[USINFO, January 27, 2006]

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