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Victims of “Non-Intimate Violence” and the Law

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This chapter shows the closeness between ecoviolence and other forms of institutionalized violence and demonstrates that well-developed and well-established literature on war morality shows clearly the limits within which such violence may be legitimately used and imposed upon others, by showing the specific conditions and circumstances that may render war legal and just; hence, by analogy, minimally that the need to find similar circumstances if ecoviolence is to be allowed to continue. It argues that not only direct causation of violence but also complicity, toleration and even silence may entail responsibility for its effects, on the part of states, institutions and individuals. The chapter also shows that both humanitarian laws, intended to mitigate horrors of armed conflict, and "international human rights laws", intended to protect social, economic, cultural, civil and political rights must rely and be based on respect for basic rights, defined by Shue as "security" and "subsistence" rights.

Keywords: cultural rights; international human rights laws; non-intimate violence; subsistence rights; victims



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