Wednesday, 13 April 2011


Its known as the responsibility to protect doctrine. The concept is simple; human rights are universal, every state should protect them, and if a particular state cant, others should!
Initially invoked in 1967 to persuade the West to intervene in Nigeria to end a Civil War. A conflict that resulted in the starvation of millions.
The Ivory Coast today, unable to protect the rights of millions of its people, a political agenda that would sustain given little or no humanitarian assistance from external bodies, would never have foreseen a military attack by the UN peacekeepers.
The R2P doctrine redefines humanitarian aid to incorporate elements of military intervention if doing so would overthrow a national leader and restore peace and structure in a nation unable to prevent grave human rights abuses.
The UN's armed forces intervention in the Ivory Coast may be the only way to end such terrible attrocities.
If applied selectivley, humanitarian intervention may save the lives and protect the rights of millions of innocent savilions in Libya.

1 comment:

  1. sometimes it can go horribly wrong too. The latest being the Libyan turmoil or even the Bahrain intervention by the Saudis and Americans:)