Sanctioning the sanctioned : A postcolonial perspective on the sanctions paradox
Sammanfattning: The aim of this is to develop a theoretical framework for addressing the usage and effects of economic sanctions, through a postcolonial perspective on the human rights discourse, by examining how economic sanctions can be legitimized even though proven to be ineffective and harmful to civilians. The main theoretical framework is based on a postcolonial perspective on the human rights discourse and how it relates to liberalism, imperialism and international law - to further understand the role that economic sanctions has. Further, the effectiveness of sanctions is assessed through different perspectives from researchers opposed to economic sanctions as well as researchers that promote the use of economic sanctions. Examples of sanctions against Iraq, Myanmar and Cuba will be highlighted in terms of impacts on health, food, economy and so on. The thesis states that economic sanctions are mostly ineffective and have devastating effects on the civilian population of sanctioned states and that the notion that they promote human rights therefore proves the sanctions paradox to be inevitable.
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