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Recent Changes To International Law
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Modern International Law attempts to reverse the earlier traditions of European imperialism. The United Nations Charter requires members not to threaten, or use force, against other States.

Member states with responsibilities for non-self-governing territories, like former colonies, are required to advance them towards self-government.

International Law now also deals with the human rights of individuals and of peoples. Two particularly important principles are found in the United Nations Charter itself, and in other, more comprehensive treaties. One of these principles is that "all peoples have the right to self-determination". This means they are entitled to choose their own political status and to develop their own economic, social and cultural destinies.

The other principle forbids discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, political or other opinion; and also if discrimination is based on language, religion, or any other status, like national or social origin, property relationship, or birth.

These days, the international community is no longer a small European club, and one of the most dramatic developments of the twentieth century has been the break-up of the old European empires, and the "decolonisation" of hundreds of millions of people around the world.
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