Title

Targeted Sanctions Against Human Rights Violators: A Question of Efficacy

Location

Statesboro Campus (Room 2048)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis Presentation (Open Access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Kate Perry

Faculty Mentor Email

kperry@georgiasouthern.edu

Presentation Year

2022

Start Date

16-11-2022 6:00 PM

End Date

16-11-2022 7:00 PM

Description

Human rights violations occur all too frequently, with authoritarian regimes at the forefront of abuses. Countries that respect human rights engage in various initiatives, one such example being targeted sanctions to try and stem the tide of human suffering at the hands of unscrupulous dictators. Currently, Uyghurs are victims of genocide in China, dissidents in countries such as Russia and Belarus are falsely imprisoned, and individuals in Saudi Arabia are persecuted and imprisoned solely for advocating for freedom of speech and equality for women. Each of these countries have been the subject of sanctions. This paper seeks to answer the question: to what extent are targeted sanctions effective when applied to states or individuals when they are deemed guilty of human rights violations? I argue that the sanctions are rendered ineffective because the targeted state does not manifest any positive behavior changes regarding the treatment of its citizens. This is revealed in the authoritarian behavior of state leaders who believe that only they are qualified to run their countries. I conduct a mixed methods research approach combining a broad quantitative analysis of a country’s human rights practices with a narrow qualitative analysis of the authoritarian regime of the Russian Federation and find support for my argument.

Academic Unit

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Nov 16th, 6:00 PM Nov 16th, 7:00 PM

Targeted Sanctions Against Human Rights Violators: A Question of Efficacy

Statesboro Campus (Room 2048)

Human rights violations occur all too frequently, with authoritarian regimes at the forefront of abuses. Countries that respect human rights engage in various initiatives, one such example being targeted sanctions to try and stem the tide of human suffering at the hands of unscrupulous dictators. Currently, Uyghurs are victims of genocide in China, dissidents in countries such as Russia and Belarus are falsely imprisoned, and individuals in Saudi Arabia are persecuted and imprisoned solely for advocating for freedom of speech and equality for women. Each of these countries have been the subject of sanctions. This paper seeks to answer the question: to what extent are targeted sanctions effective when applied to states or individuals when they are deemed guilty of human rights violations? I argue that the sanctions are rendered ineffective because the targeted state does not manifest any positive behavior changes regarding the treatment of its citizens. This is revealed in the authoritarian behavior of state leaders who believe that only they are qualified to run their countries. I conduct a mixed methods research approach combining a broad quantitative analysis of a country’s human rights practices with a narrow qualitative analysis of the authoritarian regime of the Russian Federation and find support for my argument.