Unformatted text preview: lians must be faced with the threat of serious and irreparable harm in one of just two exceptional ways. The first is large-scale loss of life, actual or anticipated, with genocidal intent or not, which is the product of deliberate state action, state neglect, inability to act, or state failure. The second is large-scale "ethnic cleansing," actual or anticipated, whether carried out by killing, forced expulsion, acts of terror, or rape. HUMAN RIGHTS MUST BE PROTECTED BY THE U.N. RWANDA AND NUMEROUS OTHER CONFLICTS PROVE INTERVENTION IS KEY TO STOPPING GENOCIDE Christopher J. Le Mon and Rachel S. Taylor, Law Clerk, International Court of Justice, 2003-04 and Deputy Editor, Tribunal Project, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 2004. U.C. Davis Journal of International Law & Policy, p. 227-228. It is premature, however, to begin a celebration of a new era of enlightened and robust Council action in order to protect human rights. While the Council did eventually authorize the use of force in Rwanda and the Congo, for example, it did not act expeditiously in doing so. Had the Security Council exercised its powers more quickly, it might have saved the lives of many of the eight hundred thousand people killed during the Rwandan genocide, or some of the more than three million individuals killed in the war in the Congo. Furthermore, there are countless instances where gross violations of human rights are not even discussed by the Security Council, much less acted upon pursuant to Chapter VII. The decisions of the Security Council are inherently political in nature, no matter how infused with Charter law they may be. Such Council inaction in the face of human rights abuses leaves much to be desired. SLHS Value File Military Intervention Bad
MILITARY ACTION TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS SHOULD BE LAST RESORT INTERVENTION RISKS MORE VIOLATIONS Elizabeth E. Ruddick, Director of Strategic Research of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 1997. Boston University Law Review...
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