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Den onda cirkeln : en kritiskt diskursanalys av Human Rights Watchs framställning av mänskliga rättighetskränkningar i Kenya

Holm, Sofia LU (2015) MRSK30 20142
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
In recent years, terror attacks in Kenya have been observed and discussed. After 9/11 Kenya has become the frontline of Africa, fighting terrorism alongside the United States. As a result of the fight against terrorism, questions regarding the treatment of Somalian refugees arise. Human Rights Watch is one of many organizations to rapport on such events for a period of time. With this in mind, the essay aims to examine how Human Rights Watch portrays the violations against Somalian refugees in Kenya and which perspective of the global responsibility for human rights is used in the reports. Through critical discourse analysis and the Framing Theory and an extensive focus on the Global Responsibility for Human Rights, my questions are... (More)
In recent years, terror attacks in Kenya have been observed and discussed. After 9/11 Kenya has become the frontline of Africa, fighting terrorism alongside the United States. As a result of the fight against terrorism, questions regarding the treatment of Somalian refugees arise. Human Rights Watch is one of many organizations to rapport on such events for a period of time. With this in mind, the essay aims to examine how Human Rights Watch portrays the violations against Somalian refugees in Kenya and which perspective of the global responsibility for human rights is used in the reports. Through critical discourse analysis and the Framing Theory and an extensive focus on the Global Responsibility for Human Rights, my questions are answered. The material consists of three reports published by Human Rights Watch between 2010 and 2013. Through in-depth analysis of the defined problem, identification of causes, assessment of the moral, and recommendations on solutions, the study reaches the conclusion that the global responsibility of human rights is largely excluded while Kenya’s responsibility is clearly shown throughout out the reports. Thus, the portrayal shows that the country itself has the ability to solve the issue but Kenyan police and military show reluctance towards the matter. Human Rights Watch defines the problem as systematic and widespread, and that Kenya is trying to solve an issue by causing more issues. The result is an unsustainable situation with no break of the vicious cycle. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Under de senaste åren har terrorattentat i Kenya uppmärksammats och diskuterats. Efter 9/11 har Kenya blivit det land i Afrika som har klassats som en frontlinje för att bekämpa terrorismen tillsammans med USA. I samband med Kenyas terrorismbekämpning har handlingar mot somaliska flyktingar ifrågasatts och Human Rights Watch är en av de organisationer som har rapporterat om händelser under en lång period. Med bakgrund av detta ämnar denna uppsats att ta reda på hur Human Rights Watch framställer de rättighetskränkningar som sker mot somaliska flyktingar i landet, samt vilket synligt perspektiv på det globala ansvaret för mänskliga rättigheter som finns i deras rapportering. En kritisk diskursanalys används som metod i denna uppsats och med... (More)
Under de senaste åren har terrorattentat i Kenya uppmärksammats och diskuterats. Efter 9/11 har Kenya blivit det land i Afrika som har klassats som en frontlinje för att bekämpa terrorismen tillsammans med USA. I samband med Kenyas terrorismbekämpning har handlingar mot somaliska flyktingar ifrågasatts och Human Rights Watch är en av de organisationer som har rapporterat om händelser under en lång period. Med bakgrund av detta ämnar denna uppsats att ta reda på hur Human Rights Watch framställer de rättighetskränkningar som sker mot somaliska flyktingar i landet, samt vilket synligt perspektiv på det globala ansvaret för mänskliga rättigheter som finns i deras rapportering. En kritisk diskursanalys används som metod i denna uppsats och med hjälp utav Framing Theory, med att utökat fokus på the Global Responsibility for Human Rights besvaras mina frågeställningar. Materialet består utav tre stycken rapporter skrivna av Human Rights Watch mellan åren 2010 och 2013. Undersökningen drar slutsatsen efter att ha analyserat det definierade problemet, identifikationen av orsaker, den moraliska bedömningen och rekommendationer av lösningar, att det globala ansvaret för mänskliga rättigheter är till största del uteslutet, men Kenyans ansvar visas tydligt genom hela rapporteringen. Framställningen blir att landet har förmågan att lösa problemet men att Kenyansk polis och militär visar en ovilja att göra detta. HRW definierar problemet som systematiskt och vidsträckt och att Kenya försöker lösa ett fel med ännu ett fel. Resultatet leder till en ohållbar situation där den onda cirkeln inte bryts. (Less)
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Holm, Sofia LU
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MRSK30 20142
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Kenya, Somali, Human Rights, Framing-Theory, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Global Responsibility for Human Rights, Terrorism, Counterterrorism, Abuses, Refugee
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Swedish
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4930243
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  author       = {Holm, Sofia},
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  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Den onda cirkeln : en kritiskt diskursanalys av Human Rights Watchs framställning av mänskliga rättighetskränkningar i Kenya},
  year         = {2015},
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