Bringing Gender Vision to the Responsiblity to Protect Framework

Saturday, October 1, 2005
United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW)

The international community is currently engaged in a rigorous debate over the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, a controversial framework that attempts to delineate state responsibilities in times of humanitarian crisis. The R2P affirms that each state has the primary responsibility to protect its own people, but asserts that where perpetration of genocide, ethnic cleansing or crime against humanity is imminent or in process, and the state in question is unwilling or unable to halt or avert it, the responsibility to protect shifts to the international community.

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