The Responsibility to Protect: Ethical and theological reflections

Tasneem Jamal

In February 2001, the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) adopted a document entitled The protection of endangered populations in situations of armed violence: toward an ecumenical ethical approach (PEP).

Last June, the International Affairs, Peace and Human Security Team of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) produced this report on the February 2001 document.

The report considers the following: (1) the process that led to the PEP document, (2) the initial reaction of churches to the document, (3) additional elements which could be added during the follow-up process, and (4) next steps for continued reflection.

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