27 May 2008
On 27 May 2008, the fifth Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict was held at the UN Security Council. The delegates in the Security Council Chamber condemned all violations of international law and reaffirmed the inalienable responsibility of sovereign states and the international community to protect their populations.
In the course of the meeting, the following governments mentioned the Responsibility to Protect: Italy, Viet Nam, France, Canada, Palestine, China, United States, Panama, Russian Federation, Burkina Faso, Libya, Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia, Slovenia (on behalf of the EU), Nigeria, Japan, and United Arab Emirates. Many of them supported the development of R2P as agreed from the 2005 World Summit. The Council emphasized once again the need for prosecuting those responsible for war crimes, genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
To access excerpts of statements on R2P at the Security Council Open Debate, please view the following document compiled by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.