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Despite the existence of permanent abuses as well as flagrant violations of human rights, international law has not been applied to such issues because the states where said violations occurred have declared themselves sovereign. This sovereignty allows the states to remain immune to external or internal responsibility or interference. One of the classic characteristics of sovereignty is freedom from the potential interference of foreign powers and such characteristic is the state's ability to be the final decision-maker, thus preventing any type of legal recourse in the internal realm to challenge the state's resolutions. The International Criminal Court, which protects individual victims by punishing individual human rights offenders. The author examines issues such as multiculturalism, globalization, international criminal justice (specifically third and fourth generation rights) and, within this thematic framework, the problems that have come about as a result of the expanding reach of the Internet and of new biomedical advances.

Keywords: human rights; International Criminal Court; International criminal law; international humanitarian law; International law; sovereignty

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