Sanctions In Haiti: Human Rights and Democracy under Assault

Sanctions In Haiti: Human Rights and Democracy under Assault

by Elizabeth D. Gibbons
     
 

Gibbons analyzes the ruinous three-year trade embargo imposed on Haiti in response to the September 1991 coup d'etat to President Aristide's return to office in October 1994. She dissects the multidimensional impact of sanctions on Haitian society by examining the economic devastation and social dislocation that they provoked, despite the mitigation of humanitarian

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Gibbons analyzes the ruinous three-year trade embargo imposed on Haiti in response to the September 1991 coup d'etat to President Aristide's return to office in October 1994. She dissects the multidimensional impact of sanctions on Haitian society by examining the economic devastation and social dislocation that they provoked, despite the mitigation of humanitarian exemptions consistently granted by the Security Council. Gibbons also examines the counterproductive, unpredictable effects that sanctions have had on Haiti's nascent democratic institutions and processes.

Drawing on contemporary research of noted academics and international legal experts, this analysis places Haiti's experience of sanctions in a wider context. From the Haiti case, Gibbons draws conclusions about the utility of comprehensive sanctions as an instrument for the advancement of democracy and human rights and recommends measures that policymakers may find better suited to achieving these objectives.

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Published with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the deputy director of UNICEF's Office of Emergency Programs dedicates this work to the children of Haiti who shared a disproportionate burden of the sanctions imposed against their country by the Organization of American States from 1992-94. The author generalizes from the political, diplomatic, economic, and humanitarian context of this case to sanctions as an international relations weapon (e.g. with Iraq ), and makes policy recommendations based on "the chagrin of sanctions' supporters." Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275966072
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Washington Papers Series
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.34(d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH D. GIBBONS is Deputy Director of UNICEF's Office of Emergency Programs./e Ms. Gibbons's career in social development and humanitarian affairs has spanned close to 20 years, 15 of which have been spent as an international civil servant with UNICEF.

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