New Publication: "Arms and Atrocities: Protecting Populations by Preventing the Means"
Find out how your organization can promote the mutually-reinforcing goals of humanitarian disarmament and atrocity prevention
Despite the unanimous agreement of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P) in the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document, perpetrators continue to use weapons—from small arms to landmines to chemical weapons—to inflict genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing upon populations. The ability of states and the international community to prevent and respond to mass atrocities is thus sharply diminished by the irresponsible production, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer and use of weapons and ammunition.
In this regard, the ICRtoP, in coordination with its member PAX, is pleased to introduce its latest publication: Arms and Atrocities: Protecting Populations by Preventing the Means, which highlights how disarmament and arms control can help actors to implement the Responsibility to Protect. Additionally, the document outlines recommendations for how civil society organizations can work to advance atrocities prevention and humanitarian disarmament.
Click here to view the publication. For more on how weapons can limit the capability to uphold the Responsibility to Protect, please read our blog posts:
To learn more about how RtoP relates to other thematic areas as well as disarmament, read our publication "RtoP And...Exploring the Relationship Between the Responsibility to Protect and Your Sector" and explore our website's Crisis Pages and Q & A's.
The ICRtoP would like to thank UNA-Sweden for its valuable contributions to this publication.