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Human rights violation
When a government violates national or international law related to the protection of human rights, this is termed a human rights violation.
When a violent opposition group carries out a similar action, this is termed a human rights abuse.
The different terminology is used because violent opposition groups in general have not, in a formal legal sense, committed themselves to obeying human rights law, though most governments have committed themselves, in theory, to protecting human rights.
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