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8. The Advent of Proportional Human Rights and the Dignity Inherent in Individuals Qua Human Beings

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The institutionalization of international human rights after the Second World War has transformed perceptions about life: how we think, act and even die. This chapter comprises critical question whether the challenge posed by non-State political actors like Al Qaeda should result in an assault on the rule of law that democratic states are premised on. It subjects the current reaction of States to 9/11 and 7/7 to potential effect test. The chapter examines the question of whether a trade off was necessary between human rights and national security when dealing with the unique challenges visited on States especially after 9/11 and 7/7. This chapter also showed that the promissory note of States to recognize, promote, protect and ensure respect for the dignity inherent in every human being under their control is sliding away from credit into debit because of States' reaction to 9/11 and 7/7.

Keywords: democratic states; dignity; proportional human rights



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