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Humanitarian intervention and the prevention of genocide

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This article discusses the recent developments in the debate about military humanitarian intervention. The author argues that the adoption of the “responsibility to protect” by the UN General Assembly in 2005 is not sufficient to guarantee that the international community will ensure human security in internal conflicts. Three problems remain: (1) The “responsibility to protect” was not implemented in international law and in international organizations. (2) There still remains the problem of duty allocation (who has to contribute how much to an intervention?) (3) What can be done when a permanent member of the UN Security Council vetoes an intervention for cynical reasons? In order to solve these problems the author proposes to implement the “responsibility to protect” in international law and to create the necessary institutional infrastructure to react efficiently and timely to extreme violations of human rights in internal conflicts.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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