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The African Union and the challenges of implementing the “responsibility to protect”
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The concept of the “responsibility to protect” (“R2P”) was endorsed by the world’s leaders sitting at the 2005 World Summit level in the UN General Assembly. The World Summit Outcome Document affirmed that every sovereign government has a responsibility to protect its citizens and those within its jurisdiction from genocide, war crimes, “ethnic cleansing” and crimes against humanity (UN 2005 paras. 138–139). The concept of R2P is cast in the three core pillars: first, an affirmation of the primary and continuing obligation of individual states to protect its population from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, as well as incitement thereof; second, a commitment by the international community to assist states in meeting these obligations; and third, acceptance by UN member states of their responsibility to respond in a timely and decisive manner through the UN Security Council, if national authorities are manifestly failing to protect their populations from these mass atrocity crimes. R2P is a restatement of positive binding obligations of states to protect their citizens from mass atrocity crimes; and the collective responsibility to the international community to prevent mass atrocity crimes. R2P is about taking effective action at the earliest possible stage (Evans 2008). These obligations are particularly relevant to Africa in the face of crises such as those in Sudan (Darfur), parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia. It is, however, rather early to pass definitive judgement on the relatively young notion of R2P without addressing some of the challenges confronting its implementation in Africa.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2009. , 4 p.
Series
NAI Policy Notes, ISSN 1654-6695 ; 2009/4
Keyword [en]
United Nations, African Union, Regional security, African organizations, Regional cooperation, International relations, Foreign intervention, Dispute settlement, Peacekeeping, Defence policy, Crime prevention, Human rights
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-176ISBN: 978-91-7106-642-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-176DiVA: diva2:241314
Available from: 2009-10-02 Created: 2009-10-02 Last updated: 2010-03-19Bibliographically approved

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