Title To loose the bands of wickedness : international intervention in defence of human rights / edited by Nigel S. Rodley
Imprint London : Brassey's (UK) ; N[ew] Y[ork] : Distributed in North America by the Macmillan Pub. Co., 1992
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  323 T5504 1992    AVAILABLE    30500100767725
Edition 1st English ed
Descript xiii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Published in association with The David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies."
Includes bibliographical references and index
Since the Second World War there have been remarkable advances in the field of international humanitarian law, precipitated initially by popular reaction to the genocide and other gross violations of human rights perpetrated by Nazi Germany. A major instrument in the protection of human rights has been the United Nations, whose presence is generally recognised to be non-threatening and impartial. Gross violations of human rights not only cause untold suffering for the victims, but also provoke mass flights of populations on a scale which increasingly threatens to destabilise host countries, and ultimately poses a threat to international peace and security. The international community tries to cope with the ever increasing flow of refugees, but remains reluctant to take coercive measures against the governments directly responsible for massive abuses of human rights, still sheltering behind article 2(7) of the UN Charter, which does not "authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state". Should not governments, in the light of actual events, now consider whether the price of non-intervention is too high, not only on humanitarian grounds, but also because of the escalating costs and the acute political and social problems posed by these mass exoduses? Or is the risk of power abuse for political gain too high because state sovereignty is perceived as absolute. The focus of this study is essentially a practical one. It considers what reforms and additional measures are required to strengthen the UN's capacity to intervene more effectively on humanitarian issues, particularly those traditionally excluded from UN action by article 2(7) of the Charter. Case histories are included - that of the Kurds in Iraq and the international reaction to the civil strife in Yugoslavia. Every chapter tackles issues from differing financial, legal, philosophical, political and military angles, coming together to form one in-depth and credible whole
1. A problem and its dimensions / Peter Calvocoressi -- 2. Collective intervention to protect human rights and civilian populations: the legal framework / Nigel S. Rodley -- 3. 'Safe havens' for Kurds in post-war Iraq / Lawrence Freedman and David Boren -- 4. Intervention in a fragmenting state: the case of Yugoslavia / James Cow and Lawrence Freedman -- 5. Functions and powers, and inventions: UN action in respect of human rights and humanitarian intervention / Paul Fifoot -- 6. Military intervention and UN peacekeeping / Richard Connaughton -- 7. Spoiling the ship for a ha'porth of tar: the financial crisis at the United Nations / Anthony Parsons -- 8. Conclusions and recommendations / Anthony Parsons -- Appendix: An Agenda for Peace / Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Subject United Nations
Intervention (International law)
Human rights
International law Enforcement (Law)
Alt Author Rodley, Nigel S
David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies