The Responsibility to Protect . . . in Mali Benchmarks for effective Canadian policy
World Federalist Movement – Canada
February 25 2013
(…)The World Federalist Movement – Canada today released a briefing paper on "The Responsibility to Protect in Mali: Benchmarks for effective Canadian policy."
The responsibility to protect (R2P) is an emerging international norm that guides policy and actions to shield populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. Public attention is often focused on the most controversial aspects of the R2P norm (i.e. those “pillar three” interventions that also involve use of force). However, it is R2P’s pillar two, i.e. the responsibility of the international community to assist the national government, that has been invoked by the United Nations Security Council with respect to the international community’s involvement in Mali.
The United Nations is developing a comprehensive program to assist the political transition process in Mali. Also, at the UN Security Council there is recognition that additional decisions will be required to determine the configuration of future peace operations, following the creation of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA).
See the full briefing paper here.