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33 - The Right to Life and the Responsibility of International Organisations

from Part IV - Accountability

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 September 2021

Stuart Casey-Maslen
Affiliation:
University of Pretoria
Christof Heyns
Affiliation:
University of Pretoria
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International organisations are subjects of international law with international personality. They are constrained by customary international law to respect and protect life. In addition, the European Union is a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A range of conduct will violate the right to life and thereby constitute an internationally wrongful act. Examples include the most flagrant instances of arbitrary deprivation of life: deliberate extrajudicial executions and other arbitrary killings by agents of an international organisation that often uses force, such as by NATO in its operations, or by UN Police or a UN peacekeeping operation. This is so whether the killings occur in peacetime or during and in connection with a situation of armed conflict.

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The Right to Life under International Law
An Interpretative Manual
, pp. 629 - 646
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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