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Parliament in Gross Human Rights Violations: The Case of Darfur

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wessel Vermeulen



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2018.

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Based on a study of three European parliaments, the article analyses parliamentary oversight on government policy towards gross human rights violations in third countries using the case of Darfur in Sudan (2003-2005). We find that parliaments with greater constitutional rights in foreign policy are more active in the scrutiny of executive action. Scrutiny is stronger in parliaments with developed and strong foreign affairs committees. Media and public awareness correlate with greater oversight activities in all the three chambers considered. In their oversight, MPs do not deter governments to consider the use of armed forces. Rather than revealing party differences, conflicts involving gross human rights violations such as Darfur are venues for the manifestation of division between the executive and legislature.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pegan A, Vermeulen WN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Acta Politica

Year: 2018

Volume: 53

Issue: 3

Pages: 448-468

Print publication date: 01/07/2018

Online publication date: 25/09/2017

Acceptance date: 18/08/2017

Date deposited: 19/07/2017

ISSN (print): 0001-6810

ISSN (electronic): 1741-1416

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK


DOI: 10.1057/s41269-017-0063-z


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