Human Rights - Research Article from Americans at War

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The Cold War Years

For about a quarter of a century during the Cold War (1946–1991), U.S. references to human rights and freedoms were made almost exclusively in the context of communism and national security. During the 1950s members of Congress viewed adherence to international human rights obligations with suspicion. Cold War geopolitical priorities led the United States to support several anti-Communist regimes that violated human rights.

The 1970s marked a watershed for human rights advocacy in the United States. The United States joined Canada and thirty-three European governments on August 1, 1975, in signing the Helsinki Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). The Soviet Union had sought this agreement in order to gain legitimacy among Western countries, but the human rights component of the act ultimately became the basis for the establishment of dissident groups throughout Eastern Europe who demanded human rights...

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