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Promoting Peace Through International Law$
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Cecilia Marcela Bailliet and Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722731

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.001.0001

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Protection of Human Rights and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

Protection of Human Rights and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

Necessary Precondition or a Clash of Interests?

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(p.109) 6 Protection of Human Rights and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security
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Promoting Peace Through International Law
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Ola Engdahl

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.003.0006

Peace may be achieved through the use of military force. Protection against grave violations of human rights might also require its use, and the connection between international peace and security and the respect for human rights is evident in the practice of the UN Security Council. The Responsibility to Protect concept arises from a need to protect from grave violations of human rights, e.g. war crimes, genocide, and crimes of humanity, when the Council is unable to respond. The idea of protecting individuals from oppressive regimes can be traced back to the ‘just war’ doctrine. The international debate in relation to the situation in Syria is evidence of the continuing need for comprehensive protection against human rights violations when the Security Council is blocked, which begs the question of how respect for human rights contributes to the maintenance of peace and how peace contributes to the protection of human rights.

Keywords:   international peace and security, Security Council, responsibility to protect, just war, Syria, war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity

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