article on the United Nations and religious repression accepted for publication

I recently had an article accepted for publication at the Journal of Church and State. 

The article, “Does the UN Human Rights Council help or hurt on religious repression,” addresses the debate over this international body. Some believe it will help advance human rights, while others argue it provides a platform for human rights abusers to redirect international attention. I found that states that were more active on the Human Rights Council had higher levels of domestic religious repression. I argued this is because they could use the Council to deflect criticism of their record.

The article is part of my broader work on the nature and effects of religious repression, which expands on some of the theories in my book. It may not be out for awhile, but the working paper version is up on my Publications page.