8.2.2        Iraq’s Human Rights Violations

(This is an archived extract from the book Patterns of Power: Edition 2)

Although the Iraq regime had earlier had a poor record on human rights, as noted in Resolution 688,[1] there was no large-scale violence against the population in 2003. The situation was not as serious as it had been in Kosovo, for example (  An invasion of Iraq could not therefore be justified in terms of humanitarian intervention at that time (and even the Kosovo intervention had not received UN approval).

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[1] The text of UN Security Council resolution 688 was available in April 2014 at http://www.fas.org/news/un/iraq/sres/sres0688.htm.