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The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law$
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Nigel Rodley and Matt Pollard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693566.001.0001

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General Introduction

General Introduction

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The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law

Nigel Rodley

Matt Pollard

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter briefly discusses the importance of the development of the field of international human rights law, law applicable in non-international armed conflict, and to the rights of prisoners and victims of ill-treatment. It considers humanitarian rules to help explain the scope of human rights and also in order to impose significant responsibilities in the case of prisoners' rights. It describes the two broad aspects of the field of human rights: its promotion and implementation. In addition, it focuses on the dehumanisation that prisoners suffer and how international human rights have addressed this.

Keywords:   international human rights law, humanitarian rules, non-international armed conflict, prisoners' rights, victims, ill-treatment, dehumanisation

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