responsibility to protect

Scourge of genocide remains a ‘threat and a reality’ today: UN human rights chief

Genocide remains a “threat and a reality” in the 21st century, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday, in an appeal to States to do more to act on the “warning signs” that often precede grave violations of international law.

UN takes a right step in combating atrocity crimes

R2P, shorthand for the Responsibility to Protect, has been a guiding principle for well over a decade, but only now has it become an official agenda item  at the UN General Assembly.  According to Adama Dieng, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, this makes 2018 an historic year.

Mr. Dieng spoke to UN News about the importance of R2P.

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News in Brief 25 June 2018

  • Responsibility to protect strengthens sovereignty, says UN chief
  • Territorial integrity at risk in Middle Eastern and North African countries, Security Council hears
  • Finding new homes for refugees — a major challenge: UN report
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‘All atrocity crimes are preventable’ and can never be justified – UN chief

Atrocity crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing – are not “inevitable”, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, stressing that the international community must do more to end violence against innocent people.