26 November 2012
As you are reading this, mass violence continues unabated in Syria, with over 30,000 killed since March 2011 and atrocity crimes committed by both sides in an ever-deteriorating civil war. Just yesterday, ten children were killed while playing outdoors, following a government air raid in a rebel-held village near Damascus. In the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, armed rebels notorious for murder, rape and the recruitment of child soldiers, seized the city of Goma and the neighboring villages of Sake and Minova, threatening further violence, mass displacement and potential destabilization of the entire region. In Burma/Myanmar, widespread ethnic clashes in Rakhine State, spurred by decades of marginalization and discrimination of the Rohingya minority, has destroyed more than one thousand homes and forced tens of thousands to flee.
The brutality doesn’t stop there; populations around the world remain at risk. Despite committing to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing with the unanimous endorsement of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P) norm in 2005, world leaders have failed to keep their promise.
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