In the current globalized world, supranational government institutions have increasing importance. Issues like human rights are of international interest, however, international organizations, such as the United Nations (UN), do not have the legitimacy or effectiveness to successfully address global concerns. Informing a general public to encourage public sphere activity could lend legitimacy to UN recommendations on human rights and strength to their monitoring processes. The internet, despite problems of access, is the most powerful new communications medium and offers possibilities for the UN agencies, such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), to communicate with and educate the public to participate in rational debate, and to strengthen participation in human rights protection mechanisms and processes. This study looks at how the OHCHR fails to properly utilize internet communication through their website and social media activities to support the mission of the office and international human rights treaties.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Peace Studies, International Relations|
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