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Foreign fighters, human rights and self-determination in Syria and Iraq: decoding the humanitarian impact of foreign fighters in practice

Conduit, Dara and Rich, Ben 2016, Foreign fighters, human rights and self-determination in Syria and Iraq: decoding the humanitarian impact of foreign fighters in practice, International community law review, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 431-454, doi: 10.1163/18719732-12341341.

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Title Foreign fighters, human rights and self-determination in Syria and Iraq: decoding the humanitarian impact of foreign fighters in practice
Author(s) Conduit, DaraORCID iD for Conduit, Dara orcid.org/0000-0002-1585-4346
Rich, Ben
Journal name International community law review
Volume number 18
Issue number 5
Start page 431
End page 454
Total pages 24
Publisher Martinus Nijhoff (BRILL)
Place of publication Leiden, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1388-9036
Keyword(s) foreign fighters
human rights
self-determination
non-combatants
Islamic State
Summary Foreign fighters have become inextricably linked to perceptions of human rights abuses in the Syria and Iraq wars, particularly since the Islamic State group founded its caliphate. This paper explores the human rights impact of foreign fighters in the conflicts, noting that while foreign fighters have been involved in grave human rights abuses, such behavior has not been uniform and must be differentiated by group and role. In this regard, it is argued that while foreign fighters have overwhelmingly had a negative impact on most human rights indicators, fighters in some groups have positively impacted the Right to Self-Determination. Further, the paper notes that while foreign fighters have been large-scale perpetrators of human rights abuses, one must also consider the propaganda value of such acts because foreign fighter-led violence is more newsworthy globally than local-led violence.
Language eng
DOI 10.1163/18719732-12341341
Field of Research 180114 Human Rights Law
160607 International Relations
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 940301 Defence and Security Policy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Koninklijke Brill NV
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