Mainstreaming the responsibility to protect in peace operations

Hunt, Charles T. and Bellamy, Alex J. (2011) Mainstreaming the responsibility to protect in peace operations. Civil Wars, 13 1: 1-20. doi:10.1080/13698249.2011.555688

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Author Hunt, Charles T.
Bellamy, Alex J.
Title Mainstreaming the responsibility to protect in peace operations
Journal name Civil Wars   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1369-8249
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13698249.2011.555688
Open Access Status
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Place of publication Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (RtoP) principle represents a commitment to prevent and halt mass atrocity crimes. However, in his 2009 report on implementing the RtoP, the UN Secretary-General noted that more work was needed to understand the measures that states might take to exercise their RtoP. Given that UN peace operations are now customarily mandated to ‘protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence’, it would seem prudent to ask how peace operations can contribute to operationalising the RtoP and how the RtoP might support peacekeeping. This article explores the potential for implementing the RtoP through peace operations. It argues that the RtoP and peace operations are mutually reinforcing. Notwithstanding systemic challenges, peace operations offer a legitimate vehicle for implementing RtoP, whereas RtoP provides a facilitating norm for harnessing political will and buttressing the legitimacy and credibility of contemporary peace operations.
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