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On 9 August, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro spoke at the American Bar Association in New York calling on lawyers to play a greater role in guaranteeing that countries live up to their commitments to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. She cited the creation of the International Criminal Court and the 2005 commitment by world leaders on the Responsibility to protect populations from these crimes as important milestones. She urged the following:

() World leaders pledged in 2005 to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Now, the need to make this responsibility to protect fully operational represents a major priority and challenge for the United Nations and for our Member States. I urge you to press for the close attention to the issue within your own country. ()

Source : http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=27657&Cr=rule%20of%20law&Cr1

See full speech at: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/dsgsm410.doc.htm

 

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