R2P and the Global Summit

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 05-6

Ernie Regehr

The expectation that the emerging global norm of “the responsibility to protect” (R2P) will be given added political energy at the September 14-16 World Summit is increasingly in doubt. At the preparatory talks in New York, a small group of states (not more
than about 10 per cent, but including the US) is resisting the inclusion of the basic R2P doctrine – the understanding that people in extraordinary peril have a right to protection, and that if their own government cannot or will not provide such protection, then the international community has the responsibility to try to provide it.

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