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SOAS scholar gives evidence at Foreign Affairs Committee on responsibility to protect and humanitarian intervention

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SOAS scholar gives evidence at Foreign Affairs Committee on responsibility to protect and humanitarian intervention

SOAS scholar gives evidence at Foreign Affairs Committee on responsibility to protect and humanitarian intervention

11 May 2018

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, and Associate Professor of International Relations at SOAS University of London, gave evidence at the Foreign Affairs Committee on the Responsibility to Protect and Humanitarian Intervention earlier this month.

The inquiry examines the legal basis to intervene militarily in other states for humanitarian purposes, and reviews the conditions that apply in the aftermath of the UK participation in air strikes in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons

Dr Vinjamuri discussed the responsibility to protect (R2P) and the importance of prevention: “One thing that has been very significant in terms of the progress and the positives that have come out of R2P is that on a state-by-state basis we have seen multiple examples of states developing capacity and initiatives to concentrate on understanding the causes of atrocity crimes and trying to develop a set of indicators, so that they can begin to predict when low-level violence might escalate into genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes or crimes against humanity. This has also happened within the international architecture. That focus on prevention and capacity-building, while still in its early days, has taken a very significant step forward.”

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