Adam Branch

in Displacing Human Rights

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782086
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919130 | DOI:

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The introduction presents the dominant image informing Western intervention in Africa: helpless African victims in need of external saviors. It shows how this image, as it motivates interventionist practice, gives rise to the paradox of human rights intervention: that intervention can entrench or even give rise to the very problems—the human rights violations—it claims to be resolving. The result is that, instead of fulfilling their stated liberal aspirations, human rights interventions can converge upon arbitrary power, corruption, and violence on the local, national, and international levels. The chapter then places intervention in its international political context, before going on to briefly describe the book’s methodology.

Keywords: human Rights; intervention; humanitarianism; victims; saviors

Chapter.  5372 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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