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Protecting Human Rights Vis-à-Vis 'Targeted' Un Security Council Sanctions

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The debate is unresolved as to whether the UN Security Council is bound to respect international law, and by which courts. This chapter discusses the Security Council and human rights, the UN Charter versus the covenant on civil and political rights, targeted sanctions versus European human rights, and lessons to be learned? There are voices who argue that the Security Council is indeed bound to respect human rights, once it takes decisions like 'targeted sanctions' that inevitably and on purpose infringe upon those rights. Human rights in Europe are those guaranteed by the 1950 Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe, 'copied' as the 'Human Rights Act' by UK, and the human rights developed by the European Court of Justice for the European Communities (EC) as 'general principles of Community Law' based upon the 1950 Convention and constitutional traditions common to EC member States.

Keywords: European Court of Justice; Protecting Human Rights; UN Charter; UN Security Council; UN Security Council Sanctions



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