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Alex J. Bellamy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198704119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704119.001.0001

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Introduction: A Defense of R2P

Introduction: A Defense of R2P

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(p.1) Introduction: A Defense of R2P
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The Responsibility to Protect
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Alex J. Bellamy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704119.003.0001

This chapter introduces the readers to the problem of mass atrocities and the responsibility to protect (R2P) principle. After offering a brief history of the evolution of R2P and the major influences on its development, the chapter details R2P’s meaning and scope and sets out the three key pillars of the Responsibility to Protect: (1) the primary responsibility of states to protect their own population from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, and from their incitement; (2) the duty of states to assist each other to build the capacities necessary to discharge the first responsibility; (3) the international community’s responsibility to take timely and decisive action to protect populations from the four crimes when the state in question fails to do so.

Keywords:   Genocide, mass atrocities, responsibility to protect, United Nations, war crimes

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