Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect
This book explores attempts to develop a more acceptable account of the principles and mechanisms associated with humanitarian intervention, which has become known as the “responsibility to protect” (R2P). Cases of genocide and mass violence have raised endless debates about the theory and practice of humanitarian intervention to save innocent lives. Since the humanitarian tragedies in Rwanda, Burundi, Bosnia, Kosovo and elsewhere, states have begun advocating a right to undertake interventions to stop mass violations of human rights from occurring. Their central concern rests with whether the UN’s current regulations on the use of force meet the challenges of the postCold War world, and in particular the demands of addressing humanitarian emergencies. International actors tend to agree that killing civilians as a necessary part of state formation is no longer acceptable, nor is standing by idly in the face of massive violations of human rights. And yet, respect for the sovereign rights of states remains central among the ordering principles of the international community. How can populations affected by egregious human rights violations be protected? How can the legal constraints on the use of force and respect for state sovereignty be reconciled with the international community’s willingness and readiness to take action in such instances? And more importantly, how can protection be offered when the Security Council, which is responsible for authorizing the use of force when threats to international peace and security occur, is paralyzed? The author addresses these issues, arguing that R2P is the best framework available at present to move the humanitarian intervention debate forward.
security, international organizations, security studies and international relations in general. Cristina Gabriela Badescu teaches
of Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include international relations, human security, transitional justice, and the responsibility to protect.
Global Politics and the Responsibility to Protect Series Editors: Alex J. Bellamy Griffith University
Sara E. Davies
and Monica Serrano
The City University New York
The aim of this book series is to gather the best new thinking about the responsibility
views and regional perspectives. Global Politics and the Responsibility to Protect From words to deeds Alex J. Bellamy The Responsibility to Protect Norms, laws and international politics Ramesh Thakur Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect Security and human rights Cristina Gabriela Badescu
Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect Security and human rights Cristina Gabriela Badescu
First published 2011 by Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge 270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2010. To purchase your own copy of this or any of Taylor & Francis or Routledge’s collection of thousands of eBooks please go to www.eBookstore.tandf.co.uk. © 2011 Cristina Gabriela Badescu The
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