The Values Of Humanitarian Intervention
Humanitarian intervention has been defined as when a state or a group of states employs military force within another country’s territory to protect civilians against atrocities and/or the consequences of a humanitarian conflict. (Hrea.org p132). It is in every essence different from humanitarian aid which is provided by non-governmental organizations such as Red Cross. Humanitarian aid attempts to find a way around political affiliations.
For humanitarian intervention, use of military force is a central feature, though it has fundamental values that support it such as justice, state sovereignty, world order and politics. Moreover, the principles that govern humanitarian intervention are just cause, proportionality, last resort, good over harm, right intention and reasonable …show more content…
Firstly, there is the intention of the United Nations to provide peace to its member countries. Occasionally, conflicts arise within, between or even among nations. These conflicts could have been triggered by certain misunderstandings. However, due to the globalisation that has come in the new world, economic transactions are carried out in a global market, political ties are held among different nations, natural and intellectual resources are being trapped in a world wide spectrum, hence, nations interact vastly.
This brings us to the second issue where nations have to get involved in the domestic political issues of other nations if the activities running there will affect them. Sometimes, the third party nations will impose their outcomes on the first and second party nations while at other times, they would not. But the question of why a nation should get involved in the domestic politics of another one is always in question. In such a case, negligence could lead to massive killings, such as the case in Rwanda. Therefore, intervention in this respect needs to be clearly defined to the …show more content…
It currently states that it should respect the sovereignty of other nations and not necessarily interferes. However, with the world getting closer and closer and socio-economic and political ties being made across borders, interventions and involvements are in many senses inevitable. REFERENCES
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