International Humanitarian Law (IHL): Five Key Dynamics Shaping the Global Landscape, Security, and Freedom of Religion and the Way Ahead
Chapter 4 in The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East - Prevention, Prohibition, & Prosecution, Edited by Ronald J. Rychlak and Jane F. Adolphe (Angelico Press, 2017)
20 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2017
Date Written: 2017
This chapter addresses five key dynamics shaping the global landscape with regard to security, religious freedom, and belief. It surveys freedom of religion impacted by and impacting upon international law, specifically, International Human Rights Law (IHRL) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL), comparing and contrasting each as sources of prescriptive rights and proscriptive responsibilities among nations and peoples. In particular, it looks at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as the centerpiece of international concurrence on human rights, and the successor treaties that are being used to preserve, protect, and defend Christians’ religious freedom and belief, as well as the rights of other religious groups subject to oppression. In so doing, this chapter shows how and why ongoing recognition and respect can be accomplished for human rights of all citizens of the world, especially with respect to religious freedom and belief.
Keywords: Religion, Religious Freedom, Security, Belief, International Law, International Human Rights Law, IHRL, International Humanitarian Law, IHL, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UDHR, Persecution of Christians, Religious Persecution, Middle East
JEL Classification: K33, N35, N45, N95
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