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Humanitarian intervention is a concept adopted by nations to allow for the military intervention in sovereign countries that have grossly violated human rights. This concept would seem to contradict the notion of state sovereignty and some scholars have g
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Humanitarian Intervention versus Sovereignty
Humanitarian intervention is a concept adopted by nations to allow for the military intervention in sovereign countries that have grossly violated human rights. This concept would seem to contradict the notion of state sovereignty and some scholars have gone as far as to argue that it is coercion by powerful nations thinly veiled as humanitarian action. However, the fundamental rights of an individual, or the sovereignty of an individual, can be argued to supersede the sovereignty of the state as this, after all, is what the state is tasked to protect.
Humanitarian intervention is the act of a state (or states) to threaten or use military force within another country's boarders so as to prevent or end widespread violations of fundamental human rights of people other than its own citizens and without permission from the state within whose boarders force is applied (Buchanan et al, 2003).
Though sovereignty has been generally defined as supreme authority over a territory defined by boundaries, different scholars tend to disagree over its exact definition. Sovereignty can be absolute, or non-absolute. Absoluteness of sovereignty lies in the scope of matters
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