International law

International law

International human rights law developed mainly as a response to World War II and its atrocities. Since then, the international community has drafted a number of treaties that oblige them to defend the rights of all people under their control. The state is the entity with the greatest power to abuse these rights. Therefore it is the one charged with upholding them. In addition, in order to protect noncombatants during armed conflict, states have drawn up rules and regulations that define clear boundaries for acceptable conduct in warfare.

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