Hamas & the International Human Rights Law

This paper first determined that Hamas, as a quasi-state actor, is bound by International Human Rights Law (IHRL). Not only is the purpose of IHRL served by applying it to all international actors, but international law affirmatively obligates in particular quasi-state actors—entities that have significant control and influence over a population—to comply with IHRL. Second, this paper discussed statehood under international law and the consequences should a terrorist organization become the governing entity of a recognized state, including granting immunity to terrorist leaders, justifying terrorism, and undermining the international community’s ability to firmly and decisively combat terrorism.

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