U.S. Trade Relations and Human Rights Argumentative Essay by DaniGirl

U.S. Trade Relations and Human Rights
Argues that basing U.S.A. economic relations and trade sanctions on human rights is a hypocrisy.
# 153207 | 3,965 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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This paper stress that the most hypocritical issue of the U.S. imposition of civil liberty policies of totalitarian nations through its penalty of economic relations and trade sanctions because the U.S. does not practice what it preaches. Next, the author presents information to prove that economic injury alone by means of trade sanctions is not correlational or causal to political action. The paper concludes that choosing trade partners should never be contingent on a country's human rights policies, which, in itself, is a violation of human rights. Footnotes and quotations are included.

Table of Contents;
Trade Sanctions are Ineffective and Inapplicable for Improving Human Rights
Good Relationships with Nations are Hindered by the Imposition of Human Rights and Sanctions
Imposed Trade Barriers Reciprocate Injury on The U.S. Economy
Trade Sanctions and Barriers are in Themselves a Violation of Human Rights

From the Paper:

"Evaluation of economic sanction polices compared to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reveals numerous ridiculous discrepancies. Trade sanctions claim to be purposed on protecting human rights, yet nearly the entire policy is a direct violation. Firstly, the fourth paragraph of the preamble specifies that, "it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations." As seen in the specific examples of Pakistan, Iraq, and Iran, sanctions are detrimental to foreign relations and can even lead to retaliation. As mentioned before, Article 3 regarding the right to life, liberty, and security of person is explicitly violated. In addition to the aforementioned liberty, life and security of person are violated when sanctions create an unhealthy economic environment. U.S. sanctions are responsible for poverty, mass starvation, and potentially millions of deaths. This point also violates Article 5, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." The act of deteriorating a nations economy on purpose, whether it be a human rights offender or at home domestically, can be considered cruel punishment. Going further as to cause starvation for the general public can be considered inhumane treatment, and in the case of Iran, over 75 million people were subject to cruel, inhumane treatment and punishment for a crime they did not commit."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Black's Law Dictionary 2nd Ed. <http://thelawdictionary.org/liberty/#ixzz2RpJlf4Hs>.
  • Bossuyt, Marc. The Adverse Consequences Of Economic Sanctions On The Enjoyment Of Human Rights . Commission. United Nations. Geneva, 2000.
  • Finegold Catalan, Jonathan M. "Unintended Consequences of Trade Sanctions." 2010. Ludwig von Mises Institute. <http://mises.org/daily/4594>.
  • Gastil, R. D. Freedom in the World. New York: Freedom House, 1975-90.
  • Greenwald, Glenn. "Iran Sanctions Now Causing Food Insecurity, Mass Suffering: Yet Again, The US And Its Allies Spread Mass Human Misery Though A Policy That Is As Morally Indefensible As It Is Counter-Productive ." 7 October 2012. Glenn Greenwald on Security and Liberty. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/07/iran-santions-suffering>.

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