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Foreign Policy

Volume 704: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether their foreign policy embraces the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.[HL5307]

The UN Charter sets out the principle of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of states, but notes that this is without prejudice to the authority of the Security Council to apply enforcement measures under Chapter VII of the charter. All UN member states at the level of heads of state and government in the world summit outcome document of 2005 have acknowledged in this context that this principle does not and cannot preclude the responsibility of the international community to protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity.