INGOs as Political Actors

American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 93rd Annual Meeting, pp. 210-211, 1999

3 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2010 Last revised: 27 Dec 2013

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

The piece argue that international human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, are deeply political although they strive to portray themselves as non-political actors on the world stage. These dominant groups, virtually all of whom are based in the West, set political agendas and wield enormous influence on countries in the global South. The piece contends that by presenting themselves as either non-political or apolitical, the groups seek the legitimacy of universality. However, their agendas and the norms they propagate are intrinsically political and aligned with the project of liberal democracy.

Keywords: Economic and social rights, Third World, apartheid, civil and political rights, South Africa, state, universality

Suggested Citation

Mutua, Makau, INGOs as Political Actors (1999). American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 93rd Annual Meeting, pp. 210-211, 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1533453

Makau Mutua (Contact Author)

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