China and the International Human Rights Regime 1982–2017, Rana Siu Inboden
Writing this review in the lead-up to the visit to the People's Republic of China (PRC) by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights highlights the contrast between the PRC government's rosy depiction of its human rights record and the searing indictments from human rights groups and many foreign governments. Rana Siu Inboden's detailed exploration of the PRC's interactions with the international human rights regime over more than three decades provides crucial historical context for this moment. Looking to the future, China and the International Human Rights Regime reinforces already deep concerns about what the PRC's increasingly robust engagement with that regime will mean for its strength in the years ahead.
Drawing on her dissertation research involving extensive review of documents alongside more than 70 interviews (p. 40), Inboden's carefully sourced writing adds texture for people already knowledgeable about the PRC and international human rights. Moreover, it is valuable for much broader audiences who, for example, are grappling with how human rights concerns intersect with foreign policy and business decisions.
Following an introductory framing of the issues and brisk tracing of the PRC's posture toward the international human rights regime from 1949 to 2017, Inboden turns to three substantiv
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