Parliament in gross human rights violations: the case of Darfur

Andreja Pegan, Wessel Vermeulen

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448–468
JournalActa Politica
Volume53
Issue number3
Early online date25 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

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