chapter  7
Human rights: state sovereignty, culture and gender
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One is the principle of state sovereignty. The principle of sovereignty holds that states are independent and autonomous with respect to other states and have the right to determine their own laws and political institutions within their territorial jurisdiction. We noted, however, that human rights can serve to limit state sovereignty. Yet, the principle of state sovereignty is considered to be one of the fundamental principles of international relations, and leaders of some countries are quick to invoke the principle of state sovereignty to fend off outside criticisms of their human rights practices.