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Malaysia hosts international conference on human security


Malaysia hosts international conference on human security


Malaysia hosts international conference on human security
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14 June 2006
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Text of report in English by Malaysian website Malaysiakini on 14 June

Rising incidents of genocide, crimes against humanity and massive violations of human rights require better responses of the global community, but with due regard for national sovereignty.

Foreign Affairs Minister Syed Hamid Albar said humanitarian intervention has become necessary with increased human security concerns, more so since globalisation has made such issues borderless.

“The protection of human life and the promotion of human dignity should not only be the preserve of domestic governments; the international community too has a role and responsibility to play in this regard,” he noted when opening the International Conference on Human Security yesterday.

While advocating improved responses to human security, Malaysia upholds the principle of non-interference.

“A regime’s systematic violation of (human) rights does not constitute grounds for the violation of national sovereignty through invasion or destabilisation.”

He said human intervention should be balanced with territorial sovereignty in that each state should respects laws and political decisions of others.

“Those actions must be in accordance with the (United Nations) Charter principle of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.” Open to abuse

Syed Hamid pointed out the fear that human security could be used as an excuse to legitimise the overuse of humanitarian intervention and that this could lead to potential abuse.


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