November 20, 2014

INARGUABLY:

'Sovereignty' no defence against ICC action in Sudan (KAMAL ELGIZOULI, 20 November 2014, openDemocracy)

Arguably, the traditional concept of a sacrosanct and impervious sovereignty no longer exists, and this allows more space for international scrutiny and action to protect human rights. The state is responsible for protecting the rights of its people, and upon failing to do so, the international community is entitled to act, including in extreme circumstances through intervention. As Dr. Boutros Ghali, former Secretary General of the United Nations, said: "The time of absolute sovereignty and exclusive sovereignty has passed." The international system requires a balance between the necessities of good governance and the requirements of an interdependent world, as well as a balance between the rights of the state and rights of its people.

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