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Human Rights and the End of EmpireBritain and the Genesis of the European Convention$
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A. W Brian Simpson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267897

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267897.001.0001

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The Mechanisms of Repression

The Mechanisms of Repression

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Human Rights and the End of Empire


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This chapter examines the legal mechanisms which were available, both at home and in the colonial empire, to deal with insurrection and civil disorder. These were the suspension of habeas corpus, the imposition of martial law (the theory of which was problematic), the employment of air control in the control of ‘primitive’ colonial subjects, the passage of coercion acts, and the development, from the time of the World War I onwards, of elaborate codes of emergency regulations, creating a form of statute based martial law.

Keywords:   colonial empire, legal mechanisms, habeas corpus, martial law, air control, emergency codes

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