oa The Constitution - Human rights diplomacy and democracy in Nigeria

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1595-5753



This article takes a critical look at the role of the international community on the issue of human rights and democracy in Nigeria. It captures the convergence of authoritarianism, economic crisis and end of the Cold War as determinants of the spheres of human rights and democracy in authoritarian states. These variables are simultaneously the key to understanding the role of the international community. The article argues further that credit could be given to the international community for promoting the course of human rights and democracy in Nigeria under military dictatorship, but it was however constrained by an overriding economic interest underlined by the regime of limited sanctions imposed on Nigerian military rulers. This gave the military room to manoeuvre. The article concludes that untainted commitment to the twin issue of democracy and human rights as foreign policy tool can help in dismantling authoritarian regimes wherever they exist.

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