The Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

“We need to support the responsibility to protect, as a concept, because it is the fundamental structure through which we can prevent mass atrocities.

The responsibility to protect doctrine is is many things, but primarily it’s a program or a structure that’s developed to protect civilians, citizens, from mass atrocity crimes like war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and so on.


R2P is concerned with protection of civilians. R2P doesn’t actually care who is responsible for the crimes and atrocities that are taking place. The idea is to stop them.”

— Robin Collins


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General information

2008. Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock, “R2P: A New and Unfinished Agenda”

Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP)

United Nations, Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

World Federalist Movement—Canada

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