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Title: The Variation of the EC/EU's External Human Rights Policy: Cases of China and Burma/Myanmar, 1987-2000
Author: Li, Cheng-Tung
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis examines the European CommunitylUnion's external human rights policy since 1987. This thesis examines the development of the EC/EU's external human rights policy, especially its different actions towards third countries since the 1987. Although the protection and promotion of human rights has�· become increasingly important on the EC/EU's foreign policy agenda since the end of Cold War, this thesis argues that the EC/EU's policy variation is due to the different compromises among the EC/EU member states. In this thesis, the EC/EU's human rights policy towards two East Asian countries - China and BurmalMyanmar has been analyzed in detail. The human rights records in both countries have been very poor since 1987. There are thousands of cases of human rights abuse in both countries every year. However, the EC/EU's approaches towards these two countries were quite different. The EC/EU adopts more and more positive measures towards China, but adopts more and mor~ negative measures towards BurmalMyanmar. This variation results from varioti~�· preferences ofthe EC/EU member states. And the final policy outcome depends upon the compromise between different member states.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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