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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Security, Right to, International Protection

Martin Scheinin

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 July 2024

Torture — Right to liberty and security of person — Right to non-discrimination — Disappearances — Individuals and non-state actors

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 As reflected in Art. 1 (1) United Nations Charter, providing security for humankind is a paramount purpose of the international community and also a basic duty of all States. Although the right to security of the person accordingly belongs to the catalogue of internationally protected human rights, it has received relatively little attention and remained vague or even controversial as to its exact meaning and effect. Article 3 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (‘UDHR’; Universal Declaration of Human Rights [1948] proclaims that ‘everyone has the right to...
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