4 December 2012
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Does your organization want to join the global effort to prevent mass atrocities?
Apply for ICRtoP membership today!
In 2005, at the largest ever gathering of heads of state, world leaders made a commitment to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. This historic and unanimous endorsement of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P) marked a drastic shift in international relations, as governments agreed that sovereignty cannot be used as a shield to massacre populations and that there is, in fact, a moral obligation to act to prevent and halt these horrific crimes.
At the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), we believe that a global network of civil society organizations dedicated to the prevention of mass atrocities is essential to ensuring that states uphold this historic commitment to protect populations. Working in a coalition, we can draw on the expertise of the membership in all corners of the globe, and can facilitate information sharing and collaboration across borders and regions. A global civil society movement amplifies the voice of all organizations as we call on governments, regional organizations, and the international community to strengthen their capacities to prevent and halt mass atrocities.
Now more than ever, the ICRtoP wants its membership to reflect the widespread civil society acceptance and support for the principles of RtoP. As such, we are seeking new members and partners to broaden and strengthen our network.
Does your organization:
♦ Believe that governments and the international community must protect populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing and that more needs to be done to prevent and stop these crimes?
♦ Agree that to protect populations from mass atrocities there needs to be a broad range of economic, political, humanitarian, and military measures available for actors at the national, regional and international levels?
♦ Conduct work within a related sector such as international law, humanitarian assistance, human rights, conflict prevention, refugee rights, peacebuilding, women’s rights, or peace and security?
If so, then your organization should endorse the Responsibility to Protect as a new international security and human rights framework that addresses the international community’s failure to halt mass atrocities.