Human Security? The Weaknesses of the EU’s Involvement in Human Rights Crises

Fioramonti, Lorenzo (2012). Human Security? The Weaknesses of the EU’s Involvement in Human Rights Crises. EU-GRASP. United Nations University.

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  • Author Fioramonti, Lorenzo
    Title Human Security? The Weaknesses of the EU’s Involvement in Human Rights Crises
    Series Title EU-GRASP
    Volume/Issue No. 6
    Publication Date 2012-03-01
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 6
    Language eng
    Abstract Humanitarian intervention is always controversial, especially if it involves the use of repressive measures, be it through military means or sanctions. The human security approach undoubtedly provides an interesting blueprint for the EU to improve coherence in its external action, as it is better suited to translate the Union's founding principles (and its inherent emphasis on non-military conflict resolution) into a policy practice. At the same time, though, political considerations remain relevant as demonstrated by the analysis of the EU's involvement in four human rights crises (Darfur, Zimbabwe, Gaza and Lebanon). In order to strengthen its credibility and consistency as a humanitarian actor, the EU should prioritize the protection of civilians, avoid double standards at all costs, and prioritize genuine multilateralism, which requires a real involvement of all parties. In this regard, therefore, the EU should refrain from posing 'take it or leave it' conditions and recognize that real multilateralism might well lead to non-optimal outcomes for the EU's interests.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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