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Kevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, Benedict Kingsbury, and Sally Engle Merry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.001.0001

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Fighting Human Trafficking or Instituting Authoritarian Control?

Fighting Human Trafficking or Instituting Authoritarian Control?

The Political Co-optation of Human Rights Protection in Belarus

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(p.344) 14 Fighting Human Trafficking or Instituting Authoritarian Control?
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Governance by Indicators
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Marina Zaloznaya

John Hagan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.003.0014

This chapter considers the uses of the anti-trafficking agenda of the authoritarian government of Belarus. It identifies the ways the Belarus government uses anti-trafficking as a basis for other self-sufficient and nationalist agendas, and by making travel abroad by students and young people more difficult. It notes that the trafficking indicators of the State Department ignore other forms of human rights repression or the excesses of policing systems in Belarus. This chapter also emphasizes the relevant theme of the importance of global indicators in authoritarian contexts, an area that also lacks research.

Keywords:   anti-trafficking agenda, authoritarian government, Belarus, agendas, trafficking indicators, human rights repression, policing systems, authoritarian contexts

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