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 New ICRtoP Educational Document: 
Clarifying the Second Pillar of the Responsibility to Protect: Building State Capacity to Protect Populations from Atrocity Crimes
 
The ICRtoP is pleased to announce the publication of its latest educational tool, Clarifying the Second Pillar of the Responsibility to Protect – Building State Capacity to Protect Populations from Atrocity Crimes. In preparation for the release of this year’s report of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP or R2P) and the subsequent UN General Assembly dialogue (tentatively scheduled for 8 September 2014), this new ICRtoP publication explores the norm’s second pillar, or the international community’s role in assisting states to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
 
Clarifying the Second Pillar identifies the three forms of Pillar II assistance—encouragement, capacity building, and protection assistance—while further exploring the broad range of actors involved and measures available to assist States as they seek to protect their populations from mass atrocity crimes. Additionally, we highlight challenges that may arise when assisting to prevent atrocities, and reflect on possibilities for addressing them.  
 
We invite you to read this document and encourage you to look out for our other initiatives and events in the coming weeks as we prepare for the upcoming release of the Secretary-General’s report and General Assembly dialogue.
 
For more information on RtoP’s three pillars, please see:  
Special thanks to ICRtoP’s Brianna Burt for her work on this publication. 
 

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