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Humanitarian Assistance to North Korea: Ethical evaluation of the Swedish humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Within the field of humanitarian work, the question of what kind of aid or assistance that is appropriate is ever present. This thesis examines the humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the subsequent conundrums when dealing with an authoritarian and brutal regime. The focus is on the Swedish humanitarian assistance during the years 2012-2016. The question emerges if its ethical to give aid to the DPRK considering their gross human rights violations? And if the aid given towards the suffering North Korean reaches their intended beneficiaries. An ethical viewpoint and the theory of Prioritarianism is applied to the case with the intent to evaluate and assess the Swedish assistance to North Korea. The thesis concludes that ethical standards within the field compel us to help the people of the DPRK as their situation is so dire and furthermore that there are certain approaches that seem to ensure that the aid reaches the intended beneficiaries rather than directly assisting the regime. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
Humanitarian assistance, North Korea, DPRK, Swedish Aid, Ethics of aid, Prioritarianism
National Category
Globalisation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-339064DiVA, id: diva2:1174449
Subject / course
International Humanitarian Action
Educational program
Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict
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Available from: 2018-04-05 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-04-05Bibliographically approved

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