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  • Oct 26 / 2016
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SECURITY – The complete failure of ‘responsibility to protect’

  News SECURITY – The complete failure of ‘responsibility to protect’ TOM ESSLEMONT 1057 words 26 October 2016 Bangkok Post BKPOST English (c) 2016. The Post Publishing Public Company Limited. All Rights Reserved.   As civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo are battered by air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, what has happened to [...]

  • Sep 19 / 2016
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UN expert pushes for HR in trade regime

Bangladesh, Sept. 13 — The United Nations Independent Expert on promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, on Tuesday called on States and Parliaments to make sure that all future trade agreements stipulate the primacy of human rights. Existing treaties should be revised to ensure they do not conflict with the [...]

  • Sep 02 / 2016
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World shirks responsibility to protect

When the Responsibility to Protect doctrine was adopted at the United Nations World Summit in 2005, the community of nations appeared to have entered a new epoch, one that valued human security over state sovereignty. The doctrine, commonly referred to as R2P, requires the international community to use whatever means necessary – including diplomacy, humanitarian [...]

  • Aug 04 / 2016
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The conceit of humanitarian intervention

As mass atrocities increased in frequency and severity at the end of the Cold War, arguments for humanitarian intervention rose to the top of the international agenda. The unanimously adopted United Nations World Summit resolution of 2005, the “Responsibility to Protect,” was widely interpreted as confirming a consensus in support of humanitarian intervention. /private] For [...]

  • Jul 20 / 2016
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The Holocaust and Human Rights: Dangers and Responsibilities

We will speak up – and act – against racism, against hate, against anti-Semitism, against mass atrocity, against injustice, and against the crime of crimes whose name we should shudder to mention. May I preface these remarks with a personal statement. Writing on the Holocaust, or Holocaust-related topic is something I do hesitantly, and with [...]

  • Jul 19 / 2016
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Children should carry school bags, not AK47s

Armed conflict hurts not only combatants, but also civilians and in many cases the most vulnerable among them. A significant and a very disturbing case is that of child soldiers. It is unforgivable that in the 21st century children are not protected from the evils of war and even worse are recruited to become combatants, [...]

  • Jul 19 / 2016
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In Defense of the Responsibility to Protect: A Response to Weissman

This article defends the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine (adopted by the United Nations in 2005) against critiques by Fabrice Weissman in this journal, and against similar criticisms of humanitarian intervention and human rights norms made by postmodern thinkers in the Nietzschean tradition, such as Alain Badiou and Anne Orford. I argue against Weissman that R2P can [...]

  • Jul 18 / 2016
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Fall of the liberal-humanitarian agenda

Dhaka, March 16 — The global order is undergoing a tectonic shift. The Cold War and the subsequent unipolar moment of United States heralded the rise of liberalism-humanitarian agenda. Although fraught with challenges, the very promise of greater priority to human rights and socio-economic freedoms seemed enticing. Ironically, however, the promise has lately been eclipsed [...]

  • Jul 14 / 2016
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How to rid the world of genocide

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the Responsibility to Protect doctrine. Need a primer? Catch up here. Gareth Evans, a former Australian foreign minister and president of the International Crisis Group, co-chaired the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, [...]

  • Jul 14 / 2016
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Is the international community failing to protect vulnerable civilians?

In 2011, popular uprisings against repressive leaders were sweeping the Arab world. In Libya, then-President Moammar Gaddafi responded to challenges of his rule quickly and brutally — by attacking protesters and targeting citizens, threatening to “cleanse Libya house by house.” The United Nations sprang into action: Its Security Council authorized military intervention and a NATO-led force carried [...]