Humanitarian Intervention Essay

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Humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, using Libya as case study. Introduction This paper aims to discuss the notion of humanitarian intervention. Firstly a clear definition of what humanitarian intervention is given with and explanations of how it is used to justify interference in another state’s affairs. The question of whether humanitarian intervention is needed and what its motivation is is addressed. An important point is raised concerning the implication of sovereignty and non interference and that how then is intervention justified with the existence of such implications. Lastly to be discusses is the changing and thinking of the notion of humanitarian intervention which has led to that of the responsibility to protect. With regards to the notion of responsibility to protect a definition and explanation of how responsibility to protect works is given. The most important point to be discussed is a question of whether interference in a state’s affair through humanitarian intervention or responsibility to protect is counter-productive or not? What is humanitarian intervention? In defining humanitarian intervention in this paper it is the threat or use of force upon a state by one or more states which aim at preventing or bringing upon an end to violations of human rights of citizens other than their own without permission from the state where the force is applied.[1] From the definition given above it is clear that the motivation towards humanitarian intervention is human rights. Humanitarian intervention is strongly embedded in the principles of humanitarianism, a “human rights culture” which outlaws violations of human rights such as genocides, torture, massive killings and more. [2] Sovereign states have the duty to provide security and protect its own citizens, in this case protect them against violations of human rights. But
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