Unformatted text preview: claims to universality. Instead, it is a place of inequality and injustice, a place of loss and death, a place where every day there are more refugees, more people who are displaced and dispossessed, who starve, who are mutilated and raped, who are exiled and marginalized, and who live without the full exercise of political and civic rights. It is a place where, because of the inequality and injustice often written into the very formulations and definitions of humanity and rights, or at least into their mobilization within what Noam Chomsky has called the ``new military humanism''2 (evident, for example, in the current U.S. administration's claim that the ``War on Terrorism'' is conducted in the name of human rights), the task of defining and realizing human rights is infinite, and therefore permanently urgent and necessary. PROVIDING HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE VIA CHAPTER VII CAN QUELL ANTI-DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENTS Elizabeth E. Ruddick, Director of Strategic Research of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 1997. Boston University Law Review, p. 475. Nonetheless, these cases together suggest that interference with humanitarian assistance if combined with some of the other factors that have recently prompted Chapter VII action - whether mass refugee flows, an anti-democratic usurping government, a complete breakdown of State authority, or predictions of imminent State collapse n284 - could become grounds for enforcement action ranging from embargoes to military force. HUMAN RIGHTS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF DEMOCRACY, WHICH IS THE FOUNDATION OF PEACE Elizabeth E. Ruddick, Director of Strategic Research of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 1997. Boston University Law Review, p. 473-474. International instruments have declared consistently that human rights constitute the foundation of peace, n246 a view that recent General Assembly resolutions have reiterated. n247 Human rights violations, legal scholars argue, are a "threat to the very essence of the international value system," n248 and, more concretely, are oft...
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