Class Notes (807,339)
Canada (492,708)
Todd Alway (34)
Lecture 10

POLSCI 1AB3 Lecture 10: L10a-Human Rights

6 Pages
Unlock Document

McMaster University
Political Science
Todd Alway

Political Science 1AB3 2017 Lecture 10a Human rights Questions: 1. Is the United Nations (in its current form) capable of promoting and protecting human rights? 2. What is the best way to protect human rights? Rwanda Genocide Based on footage of people part of the crisis 1994, over the course of about 100 days most people would call it a genocide What is interesting is that before the genocide broke out, there were UN peacekeepers there and they knew about the genocide that was going to happen (they pulled out and didnt double their efforts) They were there because both said they were at peace but needed a neutral force (not there to impose peace but help it) Response is to withdrawal rather than intervene Why was this allowed to happen? Legal Principles of the United Nations A number of legal principles are built into the United Nations Charter There are different and competing limitations in the UN The UN emerges in the context of World War 2: In that light, this organization was a way to prevent the outbreak of World War 3. According to the Preamble of the UN Charter, one of the primary purposes of the organization is to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war But how? Principle 1: State sovereignty and its corollary nonintervention The U.N. Charter stringently restricts international aggression o Aggression by states acting alone: Article 2(4): All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations If you want to make wars of aggression things of the past, make them illegal (states cannot go militarily into other states, acts of violence towards another state is prohibited 1
More Less

Related notes for POLSCI 1AB3

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.