Humanitarian intervention in Africa : towards a new posture
CITATION: Gueli, R. 2004. Humanitarian intervention in Africa : towards a new posture. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 32(1):120-142, doi:10.5787/32-1-133.
The online publication is available at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za
Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations (UN) implicitly recognises the validity of the concept of non-intervention, when it articulates ‘nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorise the [UN] to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state’.1 This principle has been designed to reassure member states of the UN that their sovereign rights are respected, and that they should never become targets of intervention.2 If this is indeed the case, why then bother with the notion of intervention?