Human Rights Regimes in the Americas

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Human Rights Regimes in the Americas examines the complex role of human rights norms and standards in the region’s progression, illustrating the evolution and impact of international conventions, laws and institutions. The chapters combine historical detail with a focus on presentday challenges for the regional and domestic human rights regimes, highlighting particular obstacles, successful approaches and strategies. Taking the reader through cases in North, Central and South America, the volume provides a rich account of the evolving regional environment for rights protection and promotion, which will be of particular interest to scholars of politics, human rights and law, as well as policymakers and practitioners at all levels.



Human rights and democracy in Chile

Over the past two decades, Latin America has moved from a context in which an overwhelming majority of political regimes were dictatorships to one in which elected governments exist in almost all countries of the region. Within this significant change of context, the issue of human rights has played a major role: the upsurge of military regimes in the 1970s brought the gravest violations of these rights in the region in modern times. Military regimes were not at all new in the region; what was new, at least since the independence of these countries, was the sheer scale of the crimes committed as a result of systematic state policies. Although Chile followed a similar evolution from military dictatorship to democratic regime, its progress is different in one respect: the Chilean military had hardly tasted power at all before 1973.


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