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Genocide and humanitarian intervention

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The Allied forces in WW II have advocated direct military action in ending a conflict. But most governments have traditionally favored other instruments of diplomacy: political pressure, economic sanctions and imposed settlement through international bodies such as the United Nations. This is because what is to be told to the countrymen by the State may not be the best solution to the problem at hand. Hence even if there is outrage against the State for not rushing to restore peace in an area of conflict, the government may not do so. Foreign policy rhetoric of a State may be politically relevant but not always practically possible. Carleton & Stohl (1985).While military intervention is used very carefully, the international community has considered some type of military intervention in ending many crises. But military intervention, alongwith such other siblings as Peace Keeping Cores, Red Cross, Medicin Sans Frontiers comes with its own shortcomings and nuisance value. Military operations of course will cause “collateral damage” i. innocent people will die along with those who have provoked gunfire. The people really needing medical attention may be deprived in case the international teams tend to the wounded soldiers on both sides. The innocent populace, not being the target group for international agencies, is deprived even of basic medical care. In such circumstances, it is a debatable point whether any intervention is beneficial to the people towards whom it is directed.Human rights are key determinants of foreign policy. But how does the protection of human rights on a global scale influence the stated policies of governments around the world? When genocide occurs, it is natural for the international community to react. But does the international community have a duty to respond in cases of genocide and extreme human rights abuses? (Boettcher, 2004; Bloom, 2005; Glover, 2000). And further, does the international community have sanction to intervene? The Convention on Genocide does provide some sanction, but it has not been effective.This report is being prepared for Sociologists for Human Rights, an international nongovernmental organization. The purpose of this report is to provide an analysis of the human rights issue apropos genocide and intervention of foreign states. This paper will explore arguments by two major scholars, Bruce Cronin and
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  • Pages: 12 (3000 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Sociology
  • Level: Undergraduate
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