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This chapter based upon an examination of three areas of international law: (1) The law on diplomatic protection of aliens and more specifically the international minimum standard; (2) international human rights law; and (3) international humanitarian law of armed conflict. The level of protection for personnel engaged in peace operations might also benefit from the traditional rules on state responsibility for injury to aliens. The treatment of aliens has traditionally been subject to two opposing standards: the principle of an international minimum standard; and the standard of national treatment. International human rights law plays a major role in the general protection of personnel engaged in peace operations. The duty of states parties to the Safety Convention, to prosecute or extradite those alleged to have committed crimes against UN and associated personnel, may thus have a deterring effect upon those who show scant respect for applicable rules.

Keywords: armed conflict; diplomatic protection; general protection; international human rights law; international humanitarian law; international law; international minimum standard; peace operations; Safety Convention; states parties



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