China, Latin America, and human rights: a worrying equation ?

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KELLNER, Thierry & WINTGENS, Sophie
The Hague
Amnesty International Netherlands
Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy
pp. 71-83


Thierry Kellner, Sophie Wintgens, « China, Latin America, and human rights: a worrying equation ? » in Amnesty International, Shifting Power And Human Rights Diplomacy – China, The Strategic Studies Project initiated by Amnesty International Netherlands, The Hague, February 2020, pp. 71-83

With the rise of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has adopted many measures to regulate its companies’ activities abroad to bring them more into line with local and
international laws, rules, policies and practices. On the ground however, the practices observed in the activities of Chinese banks and companies are far from meeting the high standards Beijing claims to promote. While Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries derive economic benefits from their relations with China, the activities, presence and growing influence of the Chinese actor have also far less positive effects on human rights in the region...

Thierry Kellner is Doctor in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at
the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) where he teaches Chinese foreign policy. He is associated with several ULB research centres (REPI, EASt, OMAM, CECID, IEE) and
the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP, Brussels).

Sophie Wintgens (PhD) is an International Trade Research Fellow at the CNCD-11.11.11 and a F.R.S.-FNRS Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre d’études de la vie politique, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Her main research interests are emerging powers, multipolarism, global governance issues, and China’s foreign policy towards Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Shifting Power And Human Rights Diplomacy – China

The sixth essay volume in the Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy series contains a collection of twelve essay on the human rights policy of the People’s Republic of China. The authors trace the Chinese visions and narratives that are (re)shaping international norms and standards relating to human rights, discuss the various ways in which China expands its global influence and promotes its views, and give recommendations to various stakeholders on how to uphold and strengthen the human rights system. The volume contains contributions from, among others, Sarah M. Brooks (International Service for Human Rights), Pitman B. Potter (Peter A. Allard School of Law), Cédric Alviani (Reporters Without Borders), Eva Pils (King’s College London) and Joshua Rosenzweig (Amnesty International).