Massacres and Morality: Mass Killing in an Age of Civilian Immunity

@article{Bellamy2012MassacresAM,
  title={Massacres and Morality: Mass Killing in an Age of Civilian Immunity},
  author={A. Bellamy},
  journal={Human Rights Quarterly},
  year={2012},
  volume={34},
  pages={927 - 958}
}
  • A. Bellamy
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Human Rights Quarterly
The norm of civilian immunity, which holds that civilians must not be intentionally targeted in war or subjected to mass killing, is widely supported and considered a jus cogens principle of international law. Yet not only does mass killing remain a recurrent feature of world politics, but perpetrators sometimes avoid criticism or punishment. This article argues that the paradox can be explained by understanding that civilian immunity confronts a protracted struggle with competing ideologies… Expand
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