7.2.4 Violent Abuse of State Power

All States use force to enforce the law, but some use disproportionate force against their own population – sometimes citing the need to protect society against a dangerous threat.  As it is outside the framework of governance, State abuse of force is classified here as a form of Ungoverned Power.

The following sub-sections examine the use of torture (, the use of disproportionate military force (, and public reactions to a State’s violent abuse of its power (



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