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Negotiated Exceptions at Risk of Manipulation
Maelle L’Homme

context of instrumentalisation of humanitarian rhetoric, best illustrated by the Ethiopian government’s June 2021 announcement of a so-called ‘humanitarian ceasefire’ in Tigray, all the while continuing to hamper aid delivery. Apart from the intended or unintended negative side-effects presented so far, there is a number of ways in which humanitarian corridors have been blatantly manipulated in history. Occasionally, supply routes opened on humanitarian grounds have been abused by armed groups to smuggle weapons and munitions or recruit and repatriate troops. More often

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
International humanitarianism, colonial labour policies, and the crisis of imperial governance under the League of Nations, 1919–26
Christian Müller

that aligned with governmental strategies to strengthen imperial governance. Anti-slavery humanitarianism as imperial vehicle left a legacy of civilisational hierarchies with moral and religious overtones that lasted into the post-Second World War period of decolonisation and influenced with its humanitarian rhetoric the underlying inequalities in the politics of development. Notes 1 J. H. Harris, ‘African Reconstruction after the War’, The Missionary Review of the World , 32

in Humanitarianism and the Greater War, 1914–24
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Aspects of continuity and change after New Labour
Danielle Beswick
Jonathan Fisher
, and
Stephen R. Hurt

for ensuring national security. This is an approach that can be traced back to Blair’s ‘scar on the conscience of the world’ speech in 2001, though this security logic was generally combined with a humanitarian rhetoric during New Labour’s period in office. As Petrikova and Lazell demonstrate in Chapter 4 , since 2010 this justification of aid to Africa has continued, but with the balance tilted more firmly towards pragmatism and security. Their analysis highlights how, during the five years of the 2010–15 Conservative–Liberal Democrat Coalition Government, the UK

in Britain and Africa in the twenty-first century
Sevasti Trubeta

into border regimes? Is the humanitarian provision of care to the refugees and border-crossers incompatible with racism? With regard to the latter questions the analysis builds upon the current scholarly debates on the ambivalence inherent in humanitarianism in relation to humanitarian operations at the borders; ‘the paradoxes of humanitarian rhetoric’ in the words of Giuseppe Campesi. 18 These derive from diverse factors, including the involvement of a large range of actors (including EU and state actors, and transnational solidarity agents) and the fact that at

in Medicalising borders
Changing the discourse on Indigenous visitors to Georgian Britain
Kate Fullagar

the paradox of increasing humanitarian rhetoric and increasing imperial violence. It provides the little-investigated prehistory of this paradox through one peculiar lens and connects some salient scholarly observations about imperial discourse in the eighteenth century with histories of empathy in the nineteenth century. 6 Indigenous visitors before 1765 With its inextricable link to

in Humanitarianism, empire and transnationalism, 1760–1995
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Ritual performance and belonging
Marianne Holm Pedersen

won a majority and formed a three-party government. Among other things this means that the Danish People’s Party is no longer as influential as it had been during the previous ten years and its voice is not as dominant in public debates. In comparison, representatives of the current government generally use a more humanitarian rhetoric in discussions about immigration and integration in Denmark. The government has also introduced some revisions to the legislation on immigration and integration and has proclaimed that further revisions are to come. As for the role of

in Iraqi women in Denmark
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Crisis and change
Kathryn Simpson
Michael Holmes

thought to have died in the attempt during 2014–2018 ( IOM 2020 : 32). The EU responded with joint naval operations in the Mediterranean, such as Operation Mare Nostrum and Operation Triton in 2014, Operation Sofia in 2015 and Operation Themis in 2018. Whether these were to rescue migrants or dissuade them is open to some debate – Cusumano suggests that behind the humanitarian rhetoric was ‘a form of

in Ireland and the European Union
Aboriginal subjects and Queen Victoria’s gifts in Canada and Australia
Amanda Nettelbeck

were entitled to better recompense for having been ‘despoiled of their lands’. 48 But although such commentary acknowledged partial responsibility for the forcible appropriation of Aboriginal land and resources, it was usually assuaged by appeal to a colonial humanitarian rhetoric in which compensation in the form of a blanket was proof of Christian sympathy. By the late nineteenth

in Mistress of everything
Davide Rodogno

more recent times, some humanitarians have made humanitarianism sacred. There are plenty of examples of governments who have waged humanitarian wars or used and abused the humanitarian rhetoric in the past and in more recent times. It is not so surprising that as a legacy of their roots many humanitarian actors still speak today of humanitarian ‘missions’, which ambiguously hints at a religious terminology. Undeniably, the invocation of the sacred entails arrogance. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) still uses the term ‘delegate’. Today’s delegates

in The Red Cross Movement
Constructing imperial identity through Liverpool petition struggles
Joshua Civin

case.52 Petitioning separately by congregation was the perfect way to articulate diverse religious support. Once again, parliamentary petitioning encouraged the segmentation of communities, only now the fault-lines were based on congregational affiliation rather than economic interest. If we chart the number of issues petitioned about each session rather than the number of petitions per session, the 1826–35 surge in the religious and labour categories becomes much less marked. Even when considering congregational petitioners, it would be a mistake to see humanitarian

in Parliaments, nations and identities in Britain and Ireland, 1660–1850