Introduction: the responsibility to protect and humanitarian action

Bellamy, Alex J. and Slim, Hugo (2014) Introduction: the responsibility to protect and humanitarian action. Global Responsibility to Protect, 6 2: 117-125. doi:10.1163/1875984X-00602002

Author Bellamy, Alex J.
Slim, Hugo
Title Introduction: the responsibility to protect and humanitarian action
Journal name Global Responsibility to Protect   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1875-9858
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/1875984X-00602002
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Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 117
End page 125
Total pages 8
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Publisher Martinus Nijhoff
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In his 2012 report on the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle, ᴜɴ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observed that: ‘As paragraph 139 of the World Summit Outcome highlighted, humanitarian action plays a critical role in protecting populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity’. He continued, ‘Humanitarian agencies can help to protect populations and shield them from some of the worst effects of displacement. As such, humanitarian action is a critically important part of any “timely and decisive” response’. The contribution of humanitarian action to the protection of populations from genocide and other atrocity crimes was not, however, without its challenges and problems. The Secretary-General insisted that ‘humanitarian action must never be used as a substitute for political action’ and implored that ‘it must also be understood that humanitarian action depends upon humanitarian space. To defend humanitarian space, the United Nations and the international community must respect the humanitarian principles of neutrality, independence, humanity and impartiality’. This Special Issue of Global Responsibility to Protect takes these observations as its starting point – that humanitarian action contributes to the protection of populations from genocide and mass atrocities but that the nature of this relationship is complex and fraught with practical, ethical and strategic problems and challenges...
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