chapter  10
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Ireland and human rights

The collapse of the fornler Soviet Union eased a path through the biggest barrier to effective application of human rights in international relations - the Cold War divide (Donnelly J 993). Now, the pursuit of human rights by a state no longer runs the risk of collapsing under East-West divisions. Ireland is not alone as a state that endorses human rights as a central component of its foreign policy framework (Department of Foreign Affairs 1996). The type of language used to address human rights in Ireland's foreign policy manifesto - the White Paper on Foreign Policy - would not be out of place in the meeting chambers of international organisations such as the OSeE and the UN bodies.