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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Gross and Systematic Human Rights Violations

Lori F Damrosch

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 06 December 2021

Subject(s):
Gross violations — Right to fair trial — Human rights remedies — Right to life — Apartheid — Genocide

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 Human rights violations of a particularly severe character can bring into play a variety of legal consequences that do not necessarily attach to less serious or isolated instances. The gravity and pervasiveness of violations of human rights have been considered relevant for different purposes in the international protection of human rights, notably in the development of human rights mechanisms in the United Nations Charter system, as well as in UN-sponsored human rights treaties, regional human rights systems, and the customary international law of human rights....
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