International Politics, The National Interest and Realpolitik: Examining the Relationship Between Foreign Policy and Human Rights
Ancietos Mwansa


The development of a corpus of international/universal human rights and subsequent international(public) law and international humanitarian and human rights law has been so impressive in creating the mechanisms to protect and facilitate the said human rights, and corollary create an assumed world of justice and equality. It has created the inference of a high moral consciousness in the international community, a morality which confirms the collective aspirations of the human community: to give dignity to each human being. From the foregoing, this paper sought to examine the relationship between Foreign Policy actions and human rights. The paper concludes that foreign policy actions, especially those that involve the use of force, taken by especially powerful states, do not make consideration of the human rights of citizens of target states.