Helsinki-II and the Human Dimension: Normative Commitments, the End of an Era? Alexis Heraclides1 At Helsinki, at the 4th CSCE Follow-up Meeting, the 'human dimension'2 played second fiddle for the first time in the cscE's history. Until then it had been the focal point, and the measure of the success or failure of a review meeting. Human Dimension, 1975-1991: the Essence of the CSCE More generally, until recently the human dimension had been at the core of the CSCE process and its main claim to perpetuity. This was due mainly to the following reasons. One is the very inclusion in the Helsinki Final Act of human rights and Basket m issues (particularly human contacts and information), something of a miracle for the early 1970s.' In this way human rights questions were injected into East-West interaction and the individual, and his/her well-being, were to become a component of international politics, a factor for cooperation, peace and security. This was the antithesis of the traditional state-centric approach to international relations, an offshoot of which had been the Eastern concept of a European security conference in the 1950s and 1960s. Second is the fact that implanted in the Final Act was
Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1992
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