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Romania and the human rights issue within the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (1972-1983)
Romania and the human rights issue within the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (1972-1983)

Author(s): Dan Alexandru Savoaia
Subject(s): History, Diplomatic history, Political history, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Cold-War History
Published by: Editura Universităţii »Alexandru Ioan Cuza« din Iaşi
Keywords: Romania; human rights; Helsinki Final Act; CSCE; Cold War

Summary/Abstract: During the Cold War, the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe was the most important forum that brought together countries with different political and social systems for multilateral talks that polarized on issues dealing with military security and the respect of human rights in Europe. The ideological conflict reflected two different approaches to the human rights issue, namely the anthropocentric perspective of the West versus the societal approach of the Eastern Bloc.Drawing from materials consulted at the OSCE Prague Archives and Romania`s Foreign Affairs Ministry`s Archives, the current paper aims at investigating Romania`s societal take on human rights provisions and its activity within the Conference, arguing that Romania`s concessions in the humanitarian field were only skillfully accomplished as means to pursue and achieve its` own political and economic interests.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 65
  • Page Range: 615-629
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English