International non-intervention as an excuse for non-action
The principle of non-interference in domestic affairs was conceived as an instrument for protecting and guaranteeing the sovereign equality of States and the right of peoples to self-determination and to international peace and security. It is unanimously acknowledged that foreign interference in domestic affairs means an attempt to stifle the aspirations of peoples to free development. But to plead non-interference in domestic affairs in cases of brutal and systematic violation of human rights, including those in countries' own constitutions, is not only an illegal act but also a profoundly immoral one. The principle of non-interference in internal affairs cannot be invoked when in question are the life, liberty and dignity of human beings -- universal values which should be protected by all national and international means.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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