Thanks to the support of individuals like you, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) has been working tirelessly with civil society and governments alike to prevent and halt genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. Unfortunately, the continuing violence in Syria and the recent fears of a possible of genocide in the Central African Republic make it clear that the international community must do far more to fulfill its pledge to uphold the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP or R2P).
ICRtoP is a global network of NGOs that was founded on the belief that civil society plays a critical role in influencing decision makers to strengthen their capacity to protect populations from atrocities, and in holding these same actors accountable when faced with inaction. By working in Coalition, ICRtoP amplifies the voices of our civil society members around the world.
Since its founding in 2009, ICRtoP has conducted a range of initiatives to further promote the RtoP norm throughout the world. Please make a donation today, so that we can continue to make meaningful progress in 2014 to prevent genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.
The Coalition is proud to share with you the following remarkable achievements taken by our global civil society network over the course of this past year:
- We published a “Toolkit on the Responsibility to Protect”, a comprehensive teaching tool that aims to improve understanding of and build support for RtoP among stakeholders from civil society, governments, and international organizations, and allows anyone, anywhere, to promote and implement RtoP. View the toolkit here.
- We convened our first global meeting for Coalition members and civil society practitioners of the RtoP norm in Istanbul, Turkey, where they exchanged best practices for developing and strengthening programs that advance RtoP. View our summary of the report.
- We consulted with over 50 civil society organizations to provide insights to the Secretary-General’s 2013 report on RtoP on “State Responsibility and Prevention”. This report informed the discussions at the fifth annual UN General Assembly’s dialogue on RtoP, a successful meeting which had the highest-ever participation. See our page on the dialogue to read ICRtoP Director's address to the UNGA.
-18 new Members were added to the Coalition from all regions of the world, including from Burundi, Guatemala, Thailand, Syria, the Netherlands, and Brazil, and who work in a wide range of sectors, including conflict prevention, disarmament, peacebuilding, women’s rights, among others.
- We continued to ensure that civil society organizations from throughout the world had access to high-level UN discussions by working with our partners to hold an event entitled “Civil Society Perspectives: Building State Capacity to Prevent Atrocity Crimes” bringing together 6 civil society organizations from across the world to share their expertise and experiences in assisting states to prevent RtoP crimes at the national level. View a video of the event here.
- Our members worked to dispel misconceptions and educate actors on RtoP by producing publications including journal articles, op-eds, and educational tools; holding conferences and meetings to discuss the challenges facing the norm and best practices for its implementation; and conducting trainings with students, civil society, and government officials.
- Our members closely monitored the work of and directly engaged with government and regional actors to strengthen their prevention and protection capacities, including the League of Arab States, the ASEAN, the EU, the National Committees for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and all Other Forms of Discrimination (East Africa), and the United States’ Atrocities Prevention Board, among others, for the development and implementation of policies for the prevention of atrocities.
Our network is working every day to mobilize political will to prevent the occurrence of RtoP crimes and to save lives in countries where populations are threatened by their commission. But we need the support of individuals like you to continue to advance RtoP and successfully achieve these goals!
There is still much to be done to prevent innocent people dying in the next Rwanda, the next Bosnia, or the next Syria. Your support will help to embed the Responsibility to Protect into the international conscience and together we will make it that much harder to ignore blatant and widespread mass atrocities.
I hope that you will consider making a gift this holiday season in support of our continued efforts to end mass atrocities in 2014.
Best wishes for a happy holiday season.
Sapna Chhatpar Considine
International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect