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New trends and innovations in modern communications and commerce
have dealt a great blow on the political boundaries of states otherwise
referred to as Sovereignty. Sovereign equality presupposes that each
state enjoys the rights inherent in full sovereignty. This seems to be the
basic principle of international law equally recognized by the United
Nations. Sovereignty is the central pillar of the contemporary international
system. No wonder, within the United Nations (UN) itself, sovereignty is
not regarded as an obstacle to the maintenance of peace or the protection
of human dignity.
The lowest common denominator envisaged by this opening
paragraph is that sovereignty is the basic principle of relations between
states thus promoting non intervention, sovereign equality, inviolability of
frontiers and the possibility of peaceful change. There is no doubt that,
while respect has been accorded independent states particularly in the
area of non intervention in their domestic affairs, new issues have
continued to emerge in international law and that is the area of human
rights protection. Thus human rights has made a significant impact on
international law.


More recently, allegations of the possession of weapons of mass
destruction, protection of democracy amongst others have variously been
listed as grounds upon which the sovereignty of a state was tempered
with. These new issues have no closed category and have variously
threatened emerging states of its survival as this concept no longer
possesses the limitations which it earlier had. More also civil unrest’s and
factional fighting as in the case of Liberia, Si

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