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Bombing in the Name of Humanity: the RAF over Kosovo

Nigel D. White

in Democracy goes to War

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780199218592
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191705595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218592.003.0010
 Bombing in the Name of Humanity: the RAF over Kosovo

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The arguments over humanitarian intervention were brought to a head in the Spring of 1999 when, faced with the brutal repression of the ethnic Albanian population in the Serbian province of Kosovo, NATO planes bombed Serbian targets between 24 March 1999 and 10 June 1999. The debates in parliament were intense over the Kosovo intervention. The level of discussion over the international legal basis of the operation both within the House of Commons and the country was unprecedented. The greater reliance on seeking Parliamentary support could be due to the lack of a clear international legal basis for the British decision to contribute air power to the operation (even though it was a NATO operation), but could also be due to the proposed mode of protecting human rights — by bombing from a safe height.

Keywords: humanitarian intervention; Allied Force; crimes against humanity; international community; General Assembly; Foreign Affairs Committee; responsibility to protect

Chapter.  16063 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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