14 June 2011
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Announcement: GA dialogue, NGO side event and ICRtoP information on the role of Regional Organizations in implementing RtoP
General Assembly informal interactive dialogue on RtoP
The UN General Assembly will convene its 3rd annual informal interactive dialogue of RtoP on 12 July 2011, which will focus on the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in implementing the Responsibility to Protect.
The dialogue will be an opportunity to advance the General Assembly's consideration of RtoP, specifically regarding the role that regional organizations play in preventing and halting mass atrocities and how to strengthen regional capacity. The dialogue is to be based on a report of the Secretary-General, to be released in the coming weeks. While no details have been released concerning the format of the dialogue, we expect it to feature a panel of experts, including the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Francis Deng and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Ed Luck as well as other panelists from regional and sub-regional organizations. We also expect civil society to be able to contribute to the dialogue.
Civil society provides input in advance of the dialogue
While the Secretary-General has not yet released his report on the subject, the Stanley Foundation convened a meeting on 11 May 2011 in advance of the dialogue with Member States, UN Secretariat representatives, regional organization officials and independent experts. The meeting explored regional contributions to the protection of populations and elicited substantive input from participants for the pending Secretary-General’s report and dialogue on RtoP in July. Participants raised and discussed several key issues such as: How successfully regional and sub-regional organizations have been in implementing RtoP, how to encourage cross-regional dialogue and effective coordination; and what role organizations can play in early warning and early action.
Presentations featured the following policy papers:
Application of and Responses to the Responsibility to Protect Norm at the Regional and
Subregional Levels in Africa: Lessons for Implementation By Kwesi Aning and Samuel Atuobi,Director of Research and Senior Researcher at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
The Role of Regional and Subregional Arrangements in Strengthening the Responsibility to Protect: ASEAN and the ARF, by Noel M. Morada, Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
The Role of European Arrangements in Strengthening the Responsibility to Protect, by Andrea Bartoli Director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University;
Enhancing the Responsibility to Protect in Latin America and the Caribbean, by Bertrand G. Ramcharan,Fellow at the University of Nottingham’s Human Rights Law Centre;
The Foundation published a conference report after the meeting which includes the policy papers, in addition to outcomes and summary of discussions. For more information please see the Stanley’s meeting report.
Civil Society Perspectives: The Role of Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations in Implementing the Responsibility to Protect and Reflections on Application of RtoP to Country Cases
Church Center, 2nd floor
UN Plaza, 44th and 1st Avenue
In preparation for the July 12 General Assembly interactive dialogue, ICRtoP, in association with the Stanley Foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, will host a half day panel open to the general public on 11 July entitled: Civil Society Perspectives: The Role of Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations in Implementing the Responsibility to Protect and Reflections on Application of RtoP to Country Cases. Panelists will examine how RtoP has been strengthened and implemented by regional organizations as well as reflect on the application of RtoP in country situations such as Libya, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, and Kenya. Edward Luck, Special Advisor on RtoP will open the event and Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, will provide the keynote address. Other speakers include:
On The Role of Regional and Sub-regional Organizations in Implementing RtoP:
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
Emmanuel BOMBANDE, Executive Director, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Ghana
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Dr. Pranee THIPARAT, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
European Union (EU)
Daniel FIOTT, Research Fellow, Madariaga- College of Europe Foundation, Belgium
Organization of American States (OAS) and Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)
Dr. Andres SERBIN, Executive Director, Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES), Argentina
African Union (AU)
Don DEYA, Executive Director, Pan African Lawyers Union, Tanzania
Reflections on the application of RtoP to country cases: Libya, Cote D’Ivoire, + non military cases such as Kenya, Guinea and Sudan
Mr. Kenneth ROTH, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
Dr. Gilles Olakounlé YABI, West Africa Project Director, International Crisis Group, Senegal
Dismas NKUNDA, Co-Director, International Refugee Rights Initiative/Darfur Consortium, Uganda
Dr. James PISCATORI, Professor of International Relations and Head of School of Government
and International Affairs, Durham University, United Kingdom
ICRtoP has revised the regional sections of our website in preparation of the 3rd annual UN General Assembly Dialogue on RtoP. The sections focus on the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific, include updates on existing mechanisms of regional bodies to protect populations from crimes under the RtoP framework and also compile regional and national endorsement of the norm. In addition you will find subsections that include reports and statements by civil society, and information on forums, roundtables, and conferences held on RtoP, prevention, and operationalizing civilian components in regional bodies. The webpages include sections on the following:
o Normative advances of the African Union
o Regional entry points for the implementation of RtoP, and additional instruments for conflict prevention
o Regional human rights mechanisms and weaknesses
o Country specific RtoP situations
o Implementation of and entry points for RtoP at the European Union and regional bodies
o RtoP at the national level
• The Americas:
o Regional bodies of the Latin American and Caribbean regions
o RtoP at the national level in North America
• Middle East and North Africa:
o RtoP support and recognition in the Middle East
o Examinations of the Crises in Gaza and Libya
We encourage you to review these pages and make use of the information contained. We welcome any additional information that focus on issues related to RtoP and enhancing regional and civil society capabilities to prevent and halt mass atrocities.
Please visit our website for further information on RtoP at the regional level.