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3 - The Deadly Mirage of “Humanitarian Intervention”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 December 2021

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim
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Emory University, Atlanta
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As illustrated by the case briefly discussed in Chapter 2 (see “The Supreme Hypocrisy of US Human Rights Policy”), the United States gets away with minimal ratification of human rights treaties while claiming global leadership of the entire field. The United States of America also imposes extensive reservations and other limitations on the scope of the few treaties it cares to ratify. Yet, the massive propaganda at all diplomatic, civil, cultural, and academic levels, as well as in official and political circles in the United States, makes it difficult for readers to recall that this apparent American compliance with domestic civil rights does not equal conformity with international human rights norms.

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Print publication year: 2021

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