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Necessity and Proportionality

by on October 29, 2017

Human rights law’s regulation of the use of force encompasses two core rules. First, any force used must be only the minimum necessary (the principle of necessity). Second, force used must be proportionate to the threat (the principle of proportionality). These rules are cumulative, and violation of either means that human rights…. have been violated”(from The Use of Nuclear Weapons and Human Rights – PDF file after link)

Apply this statement to nuclear weapons.  Apply it to Trump’s eagerness to to use nuclear weapons, or at least his disregard for the danger therein.

It applies to the use of both nuclear and non-nuclear weapons.

Why the international community approves the use of force at all is a question worth addressing at some point.


From → Law, Politics

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