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UN High Rights Chief urges international community to uphold its Responsibility to Protect in Syria
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
8 February 2012
 
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday deplored the ongoing assault on the Syrian city of Homs and stressed the “extreme urgency for the international community to cut through the politics and take effective action to protect the Syrian population.” (…)
 
(…) “At their 2005 Summit, World leaders unanimously agreed that each individual State has the responsibility to protect its population from crimes against humanity and other international crimes.” Pillay said.
 
“They also agreed that when a State is manifestly failing to protect its population from serious international crimes, the international community as a whole has the responsibility to step in by taking protective action in a collective, timely and decisive manner,” she added.
 
“The virtual carte blanche now granted to the Syrian Government betrays the spirit and the word of this unanimous decision. It is depriving the population of the protection they so urgently need.”
 
To read the full press release, see here.
 

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