• Responsibility to Protect

    To End Deep Inequalities, Say Doyle and Stiglitz, Create a Ninth Development Goal

    by  • May 7, 2014 • Development, Millennium Goals, Poverty, Responsibility to Protect • 
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    A girl holds an umbrella near the port in Guinea-Bissau's capital Bissau

    Two leading international policy experts at Columbia University are calling for more action from individual governments to address inequalities within their borders, in effect adding a bold new goal to the eight measurements of progress reflected in the Millennium Development Goals. Their proposal comes as debate swirls around what the United Nations needs to...

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    Deep Flaws in UN Response to Sri Lanka Include R2P Failure

    by  • December 20, 2012 • Asia, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Responsibility to Protect, Secretary-General • 2 Comments
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    Tamil Tiger cadres loading up in Sri Lanka

    The United Nation’s internal report on its role during the final stages of the prolonged civil war in Sri Lanka was unusually critical of the Secretariat and highlighted major shortcomings in the UN’s response to the fighting. The report, which was leaked to the BBC days before its official release on Nov. 15, forced...

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    Protecting Civilians: How It Works

    by  • December 10, 2012 • Responsibility to Protect, WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments
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    A girl in Freetown, Sierra Leone

    CANBERRA, Australia — A steady rise has been occurring in the last two centuries in the proportion of civilians killed in armed conflict, either from direct violence or conflict-related hunger and disease. The international community has responded to the calls to protect innocent victims by developing two parallel principles, the protection of civilians and...

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    UN Security Council Sends an Observer Team to Syria

    by  • April 14, 2012 • Responsibility to Protect, Security Council • 2 Comments
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    Russian ambassador to the UN

    The Security Council passed a resolution on Saturday allowing a team of 30 unarmed military observers to enter Syria as soon as Sunday to monitor the cease-fire that has more or less been respected since Thursday. Up to 250 observers, drawn mostly from United Nations peacekeeping troops in the region, are to eventually make...

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    The Responsibility to Protect Gets a Checkup

    by  • January 21, 2012 • Peace and Security, Responsibility to Protect, Security Council • 6 Comments
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    Libyans celebrating in Msallata, marking the 93rd anniversary of the Republic of Tripolitania, formally under Italian rule.  IASON FOOUNTEN

    When the carnage of the 1990s wound down, with more than a million people dead in massacres and brutal ethnic or political wars in and around Rwanda, the Balkans and elsewhere, nations that had failed to act to stop such tragedies began seeking ways to prevent future catastrophes. From this terrible decade, the long-postponed...

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