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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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 January 2020

Subject(s):
Disappearances — Right to liberty and security of person — Torture — Right to non-discrimination — Individuals and non-state actors

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

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. Art. 3 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) (‘UDHR’) proclaims that ‘everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person’. The...
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