Major undertakings are necessary to translate international human rights from paper to reality. The International Criminal Court is a momentous step towards ratifying the near-universal standards regarding basic human rights during wartime, but the Court—reactive as it is—will not alone suffice. Proactive conflict prevention, through financial assistance and political pressure, is necessary to truly protect civilians from the impact of war. Still, some people may remain in danger. In these cases, the widespread negative impact of serious government human-rights violations, such as genocide, militates against non-intervention.
International Human Rights and Standards,
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