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Unformatted text preview: rical and recent experience, can break the human rights-sovereignty deadlock in a system where states remain the principal actors. SOVEREIGNTY IS THE KEY ISSUE PREVENTING INTERVENTION ON HUMANITARIAN GROUNDS Jarat Chopra and Thomas G. Weiss, District Administration for the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor and Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, 2002. Humanitarianism and War Project, p. 16. Sovereignty is pivotal in determining whether or not to intervene on humanitarian grounds. Intervention implies violation or intrusion upon authority; and while authority, like sovereignty, is an abstraction, its concrete form consists of territorial boundaries. Controversy over crossing borders occurs not only because they represent the extent of local political control, but because the right to this control is a sacred underpinning of international order as currently understood. SLHS Value File HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION WOULD ALWAYS BE ILLEGITIMATE IF SOVEREIGNTY WERE RESPECTED Jarat Chopra and Thomas G. Weiss, District Administration for the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor and Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, 2002. Humanitarianism and War Project, p. 30. The concept of humanitarian intervention could not develop if respect for sovereignty (and the prohibition on intervention) always superceded humanitarianism. As sovereignty and the prohibition against outside intervention protecting it have been eroded, human rights have grown in clarity, strength, and breadth. The evidence of 40 years suggests that this trend will continue, but it has not reached the point yet where human rights systematically outweigh sovereignty. Occasionally, however, they do, and the intervention on behalf of the Kurds in Iraq was a watershed. While the reversal in priorities was only temporary, the event was a dramatic harbinger that reflects the pace of humanitarian developments. SOVEREIGNTY...
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