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Responding to Terrorism? Human Rights Organization Shaming and Terrorist Attacks


Responding to Terrorism? Human Rights Organization Shaming and Terrorist Attacks

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Why do Human Rights Organizations (HROs) target or “shame” countries for human rights abuses? The literature using country-level factors to explain why one country is likely to be targeted over another is growing but many questions still remain. Terrorist activity in a country should have a positive effect on the amount of shaming directed at a country. HROs are in the publicity business and have organizational interests to shame states already receiving attention. Findings show that there is a connection between certain types of transnational terrorist incidents occur in a country and the amount of HRO shaming of governments, even after accounting for the human rights practices within the state.

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Asal, Victor L., Kathleen Deloughery and Amanda Murdie. 2015. "Responding to Terrorism? Human Rights Organization Shaming and Terrorist Attacks." Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 39 (September): 240-259. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2015.1093887

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