Political security in the Barents Region

Dorothee Céline Cambou

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This chapter argues that political security is intertwined with democracy and human rights but that some issues and concerns subsist in the Barents Region notably in relation to the respect and protection of the rights of citizens and the rights of indigenous people. The right to vote in national, regional and local elections is crucial to ensure the establishment of representative institutions in a democracy, because the authority of the government derives itself from the consent of the governed. The right of the Sami people to self-determination is an essential feature of their human rights, and is the basis for their inclusion in democratic orders that govern them. While political security necessarily entails the negative obligation of the state to refrain from interfering with basic individual freedoms, it also includes positive obligations for national authorities to take necessary measures to safeguard basic political rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety, Environment and Human Security in the Arctic Barents Region
EditorsKamrul Hossain, Dorothée Cambou
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-351-17124-3
ISBN (Print)978-0-8153-9984-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesRoutledge explorations in environmental studies

Field of science

  • International political science


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