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Human Rights and the End of EmpireBritain and the Genesis of the European Convention$
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A. W Brian Simpson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267897

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267897.001.0001

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Conflict Abroad and at Home

Conflict Abroad and at Home

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Human Rights and the End of Empire


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This chapter charts the conflicts which developed in the United Nations Human Rights Commission — both with the Soviet Union, and with the US, and those within the British governmental machine — over negotiations whose aim was to produce a draft international covenant on human rights, binding in international law. These negotiations ran parallel to those which produced the Universal Declaration. There was controversy over the specification of limitations to rights, over US pressure to include a federal applications clause, and UK pressure to include a colonial applications clause. The chapter describes the growing pessimism over the possibility that United Nations negotiations would ever produce a useful human rights covenant.

Keywords:   Human Rights Commission, draft international covenant, Soviet Union, United States, limitations, federal application, colonial application

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