Humanitarian Sanctions? The Moral and Political Issues

October 1995 – This report summarizes some key human rights principles that apply to economic sanctions. The principles include the necessity of avoiding harm to innocent and vulnerable populations, the importance of targeting pressures against decision-making elites who are responsible for repressive policies, the need to avoid and mitigate adverse social and humanitarian consequences, and the value of gaining some consent from human rights advocates and victims of repression within a sanctioned country.

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