Outcome of Copenhagen Process on detainees in international military operations undermines respect for human rights

Index Number: IOR 50/003/2012

Rather than encouraging states to better comply with already-established standards, the Copenhagen Principles seem unlikely to result in the better fulfilment of human rights obligations in situations of armed conflict and peacekeeping operations. Amnesty International fears that the Principles are ripe for exploitation by some states in an effort to reinterpret or otherwise avoid their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law, in ways that could fundamentally undermine the effective protection of human rights in practice.

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