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Abstract

Theo Tschuy’s book Dangerous Diplomacy illustrates why freedom of speech, a free press, critical opposition and self-reliant citizens with no fear of the high and mighty are alpha & omega in all societies. Even though some success is achieved in creating human rights institutions, we still need the “righteous” to prevent human rights abuses on a daily basis. Preventive diplomacy ex ante by implemented internalized human rights protection is clearly preferable ex post facto to military protective diplomacy.

Enjoying for the first time in history, strong support from the international society of states, righteous individuals face a supportive environment that may encourage the human rights cause.  Tschuy’s book deftly illustrates how righteous human morals have evolved into legal obligations and why human rights issues have become firmly entrenched in political life worldwide.