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The Nature And Impact Of The Emerging Norms

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The practice reviewed supports the emergence of two related norms. The first is a broad rejection of extreme political violence in the form of civil conflict and coup d'état. The second is the specific rejection of civil conflict and coup d'état aimed at the overthrow of a democratic government. This chapter considers the nature and impact of these two emerging norms and the direction of evolution of this field. The view that civil conflicts and coups d'état are domestic matters has been central to the position that these forms of political violence are not subject to international regulation or appropriate for Security Council intervention. The use of political violence against a democratic government in the form of a civil conflict or coup d'état has increasingly been vehemently condemned by the international community.

Keywords: civil conflicts; coup d'état; international community; political violence; Security Council



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