responsibility to protect

Sovereignty cannot stop intervention against rights abuses, Belgium and Italy tell UN

Sovereignty can no longer be used as excuse by States to oppress their own people or prevent the international community to intervene to stop gross abuses of human rights, Belgium and Italy said at the United Nations.

Ban urges effective mechanism to apply responsibility to protect principle

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a concerted international effort to develop a mechanism for applying the principle of the global responsibility to protect to ensure that this century becomes the first one whose history is not “written in the blood of innocents.”

Secretary-General sets out broad agenda for strengthening human protection

Action to protect people from man-made or natural calamities stands at the centre of the United Nations purposes and principles, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing that human protection matters as much as the security of states, and is a responsibility shared by governments, business communities, and civil society.