This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: ty of the community of states to prevent these horrors. In this new century, there must be no more Rwandas. INTERNATION COMMUNITY MUST HELP WHEN NATIONS DON'T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY Gareth Evans and Mohamed Sahnoun, co-chairs of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), 2002. "The Responsibility to Protect", Foreign Affairs, p. 99. The issue must be reframed not as an argument about the "right to intervene" but about the "responsibility to protect." And it has to be accepted that although this responsibility is owed by all sovereign states to their own citizens in the first instance, it must be picked up by the international community if that first-tier responsibility is abdicated, or if it cannot be exercised. PROTECTION OF HUMANS SHOULD BE MAIN FOCUS Gareth Evans and Mohamed Sahnoun, co-chairs of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), 2002. "The Responsibility to Protect", Foreign Affairs, p. 99. First, it implies evaluating the issues from the point of view of those needing support, rather than those who may be considering intervention. The searchlight is back where it should always be: on the duty to protect communities from mass killing, women from systematic rape, and children from starvation. Second, this formulation implies that the primary responsibility rests with the state concerned. Only if that state is unable or unwilling to fulfill its responsibility to protect, or is itself the perpetrator, should the international community take the responsibility to act in its place. Third, the "responsibility to protect" is an umbrella concept, embracing not just the "responsibility to react" but the "responsibility to prevent" and the "responsibility to rebuild" as well. Both of these dimensions have been much neglected in the traditional humanitarian-intervention debate. Bringing them back to center stage should help make the concept of reaction itself more palatable. RES...
View Full Document
This document was uploaded on 11/20/2013.
- Fall '13