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‘Responsibility to protect?’ Empty words after Aleppo

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‘Responsibility to protect?’ Empty words after Aleppo

By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Updated 11:59 AM ET, Wed December 14, 2016

“The duty to prevent and halt genocide and mass atrocities lies first and foremost with the State, but the international community has a role that cannot be blocked by the invocation of sovereignty.”

The United Nations said that in 2005 about its “responsibility to protect.” It’s the concept that “if a State is manifestly failing to protect its populations, the international community must be prepared to take collective action to protect populations.”
And here is what UN officials said this week when describing what is happening in Syria: “A complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo.”


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