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Intervention, Prohibition Of

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The prohibition of intervention in the internal affairs of other states results directly from the sovereignty of states, which is a fundamental principle in international law. Explicitly, the Charter of the UN contains only the prohibition of intervention for the organization itself in relation to its member states but not for individual states in their relations. At the end of 2001, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) set up by the Canadian Government issued a report, entitled The Responsibility to Protect. The concept affirmed that state sovereignty implied responsibility, and the primary responsibility for the protection of its people rested with the state itself. The adoption of this concept represented one of the major achievements of the 2005 World Summit.

Keywords: 2005 World Summit; ICISS; international law; prohibition of intervention; UN Charter



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