One important element of impunity in relation to governments, persons in authority, and even international organizations, and which is the primary focus here, is the arbitrary exercise of power outside the boundaries of the law. This has existed from times immemorial, and so has the attempt to temper it through the rule of law. Historically, the latter has been a victim of derogation, manipulation, and at times an outright denial. These issues have once again been brought to the centre stage in international fora as human rights concerns during the recent ‘war...
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