Reporting Killings as Human Rights Violations Handbook

Reporting Killings as Human Rights Violations Handbook

How to document and respond to potential violations of the right to life within the international system for the protection of human rights

By Kate Thompson and Camille Giffard

Handbook links: website home page
Table of Contents - Search - Part I: Essential Reading - Part II: Identifying a Potential Violation - Part III: How to Document Allegations of Unlawful Killings - Part IV: Responding to the Information Collected - Part V: Where can you Seek Further Help? - Appendices
II. Identifying a Potential Violation: section links...
1. Introduction - 2. Legal Context - 3. The Right to Life - 4. Patterns of Violation - 5. Is There a Violation? - Summary of Part II

PART II - IDENTIFYING A POTENTIAL VIOLATION

1. INTRODUCTION

The first step in pursuing an alleged violation of the right to life is to assess the facts in question in order to determine if they could potentially constitute a violation. When we speak about a violation in this context, we are talking essentially about a violation by the state of its obligations under international law, and most specifically under international human rights law. Some introductory points need to be made about the nature of human rights law and its place within the international legal order, following which, the right to life and its component parts will be examined in some detail with a view to making it possible to analyse any particular set of facts in order to determine if a violation may have occurred.

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Handbook links: website home page
Table of Contents - Search - Part I: Essential Reading - Part II: Identifying a Potential Violation - Part III: How to Document Allegations of Unlawful Killings - Part IV: Responding to the Information Collected - Part V: Where can you Seek Further Help? - Appendices
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