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The International Context

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This chapter enables teachers and resource persons to provide participants with sufficient information on: the nature of human rights and the reasons for their protection under international law; the nature and status of the various instruments which embody human rights standards; and the ways in which the standards may be enforced. Policing is one of the means by which human rights and human dignity can be protected, and freedom, justice and peace attained. The chapter discusses the international instruments that enshrine human rights or articulate standards designed to secure their protection, and instruments embodying international humanitarian law or the laws of war. It explains the relationship between international human rights law and the domestic laws of states. The chapter also discusses the term supervision and enforcement. The terms refer to those international means designed to secure compliance by states with their international legal obligations to respect and observe human rights.

Keywords:enforcement; human rights; international humanitarian law; international instruments; international law; supervision



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