Against the world: South Africa and Human Rights at the United Nations, 1945-1961

Author:   Jeremy Brown Shearar
Publisher:   Unisa Press
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9781868885985


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   15 November 2011
Format:   Paperback
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Against the world: South Africa and Human Rights at the United Nations, 1945-1961


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'Against the World' maps South Africa's journey to increasing isolation in the United Nations, from a respected member in 1945 to a 'pariah' in the early 1960s, owing to the apartheid policy of separate development. The book reveals how South Africa became the main architect of its own growing isolation, since the country refused to modify domestic policies that alienated even its potential allies. Its low profile in debates and constant abstention on human rights instruments were seen as a lack of interest in global humanitarian affairs. Events unfold from 1945, when Field Marshall J.C. Smuts proposed the adoption of a Preamble to the United Nations Charter. Three years later, South Africa refused to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Global criticism against apartheid intensified, until, in 1960, it culminated in calls from African members for economic and diplomatic sanctions. By 1961, South Africa had become isolated in the United Nations and was relegated to a moral wilderness. For the modern reader of history and social affairs, Against the World clarifies South Africa's past and present role in the evolution of international humanitarian law.

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Author:   Jeremy Brown Shearar
Publisher:   Unisa Press
Imprint:   Unisa Press
Weight:   0.545kg
ISBN:  

9781868885985


ISBN 10:   1868885984
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   15 November 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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`A sophisticated and highly nuanced study which...offers new insight and understanding not only of South Africa's constantly anomalous situation within the world body but of the domestic personalities and the reasons for their acting in an often apparentl


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