Applying “the responsibility to protect” to Libya
4 July 2011
The Responsibility to Protect, or R2P, focuses on the international community’s responsibility to prevent and halt four crimes – genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. Agreed on in 2005 at the United Nations World Summit, the principle is now being discussed in relation to Libya. In this broadcast, UN Special Advisor for the Responsibility to Protect, Dr. Edward Luck discusses the Responsibility to Protect and the situation in Libya in a recent interview with Gerry Adams from UN Radio.
United Nations Special Advisor for the Responsibility to Protect, Edward Luck answers questions posed by Gerry Adams about the reasoning behind the invocation of RtoP in Libya, the involvement of regional organizations in the Libya crisis and the role of the international community in enacting the norm of RtoP. He also comments on his vision for RtoP in five years and emphasizes the role of civil society in the effective implementation of RtoP.
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