This study focuses on the different factors that can speed up or slow down the time it takes the United Nations Human Rights Council to publish a report determining and dealing with cases of genocide. A review of the literature helps to outline the basis of the expectations I developed to determine this timeline. These expectations include the realist tendencies of states, the bureaucratic processes of the United Nations Human Rights Council, and the involvement of the target state. Through the use of a longitudinal comparative case study, I am able to test the expectations to why it takes so long to publish a report. I run process tracing of these expectations by looking at the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Darfur region in Sudan. I conclude that the expectations all play a factor in the timeline, but the case itself needs to make it to the Human Rights Council for any true examinations of the genocidal events to be considered. The conclusion of this study provides an understanding the critical lenses of the United Nations Human Rights Council and their involvement within two human rights cases.


Krain, Matthew


Political Science


International Relations

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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