Humanitarian intervention literature and its critics: the case of Libya intervention and killing of Gaddafi
This study focuses on human rights and humanitarian intervention debates, and aims to analyse humanitarian intervention literature and its critics. To grasp the debates better, the Libyan intervention and Gaddafi’s killing will be taken up as the case study of the thesis. The study intends to ask these questions: “What are the links between the concept of ‘human rights’ and ‘natural rights’?”, “How can the instrumentalisation of humanitarian intervention be argued against the theories of cultural superiority and post-colonialism?” and “What does Gaddafi’s dead body represent in the circumstances of the Libyan intervention?”. The study includes news and remarks about the Libyan intervention and Gaddafi’s killing from the mainstream newspapers in comparing the theoretical discussions with practice. Moreover, the thesis’ general concern is to demonstrate that as long as the concept of humanitarian intervention implies the superiority of Western oriented values and norms over the boundaries of cultural difference, it creates a zone of cultural hierarchy and superiority, and as long as the international powers identify the so-called Third World as failed, violent or outlaw, it causes the reproduction of colonial stereotypes while masking the role played by the international organisations’ priorities in contributing to the humanitarian crises.
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