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Killings By Law Enforcement Officials: The International Human Rights Legal Framework

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This chapter begins by considering the extent to which the problem of killings by police and military has been at the heart of many of the most contentious and problematic situations involving human rights violations in recent years. It also seeks to illustrate through some short case studies that it is not only in situations of exception that such killings are a major problem but that they might also be built into the normal operating routine of police forces in various countries around the world. Consideration is then given to the process by which the relevant norms contained in basic instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights have been elaborated upon both through the development of soft law norms and through the interpretation of treaty provisions on the right to life.

Keywords: international human rights; political rights



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