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p. 1116. Rights and responsibilities: human rights to human securitylocked

  • Jussi M. Hanhimäki


The protection of individual human rights is perhaps at the top of the UN's agenda. The task is not straightforward as the major violators of human rights tend to be states, and states make up the UN. ‘Rights and responsibilities: human rights to human security’ asks: is it more important to protect the integrity of a state or the individual? What about people rendered stateless by violent conflict, or ecological disaster, or people's rights to move within and between states? The answer is difficult because the state tends to reign supreme over the individual, but the UN is the only universally recognized body that can exert pressure on nations to modify their human rights behaviour.

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