State Crime and Human Rights

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  • Human Rights and State Crime
    • Illegal activities carried out by agents of the state
    • Examples? Genocide, torture, assassination, terrorism
    • McLaughlin- censorship and institutional racism are state crimes
    • Schwendinger- Breaking human rights is a state offence
      • If groups are denied opportunities due to race, sex or sexuality this is a result of human rights broken
    • State crime is committed by the powerful, measuring is difficult
    • The powerful can impose their views on society
    • Cohen- economic exploitation is notcriminal and doesn't obviously break a human riight
    • State uses techniques of neutralisation to justify their crimes
    • Many state crimes are crimes of obedience

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