The Responsibility to Protect: East, West and Southern African perspectives on preventing and responding to humanitarian crises

Tasneem Jamal Africa

Author Greg Puley Working Paper 05-5 This paper draws on the findings of a series of consultations carried out in East, West and southern Africa in 2004 and 2005. It has two primary objectives: (1) to provide an overview of current efforts to develop a more effective multilateral approach to preventing and responding to serious humanitarian crises in Africa, with …

U.S. Tries to Water Down UN ‘Right to Protection’ Reform: Global summit wants to add muscle to protect world’s most vulnerable people

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr Published by The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario) In Darfur and dozens of other strife-torn regions, where local and national authorities either can’t or won’t respond to pleas for protection, no one else currently has the duty to step in. The United Nations Security Council has the option of meeting and debating the pros and cons of responding, but …

Protecting the Vulnerable: The World Summit Took a First Step

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2005 Volume 26 Issue 3 One of the widely declared successes of the September World Summit at the United Nations was the leaders’ endorsement of the doctrine of “the responsibility to protect” (R2P). Because the Summit failed so spectacularly on other key issues, notably Security Council reform and nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, and given …

R2P and the Global Summit

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 05-6 Author 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 …

The Churches and the Responsibility to Protect

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2005 Volume 26 Issue 2 Over the past decade and longer, the international ecumenical community has joined the international political community in engaging the difficult question of the world’s collective responsibility to people caught in conditions of extraordinary violence and human rights violations. Rwanda is the compelling contemporary symbol of people abandoned in human-made …

Darfur and the Case for Intervention

Tasneem Jamal

Author Nirina Kiplagat The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2005 Volume 26 Issue 1 Nirina Kiplagat has a Masters of Science degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. She was an intern with Project Ploughshares in Fall 2004. As the scene of atrocities, Darfur in southwestern Sudan has received a great deal of attention in the past year. Some observers …

R2P Won’t Work Without “Greater Love”

Tasneem Jamal

Author Janet Somerville The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2004 Volume 25 Issue 3 Janet Somerville is an activist, journalist and teacher. She was General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches from 1997-2002. When Project Ploughshares first asked me about doing a reflection on “the responsibility to protect,” I immediately said No, explaining that I have neither the experience nor the theoretical …

The Responsibility to Protect: Building consensus in East and West Africa

Tasneem Jamal Africa

The unfolding humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, where in the past year fighting has caused the death of 50,000 people and forced over a million to flee their homes, has once again brought to light the overwhelming challenge of ensuring the protection of vulnerable people and communities in Africa. Oxfam has calculated that in the past ten …

Humanitarian Intervention or Human Protection?

Tasneem Jamal

Author Konrad Raiser The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2004 Volume 25 Issue 1 This article is excerpted from a contribution to a public seminar organized by the World Council of Churches in New York in November 2003. The presenter, Rev. Dr. Konrad Raiser, was then General Secretary of the WCC. The responsibility to protect endangered populations has figured prominently on the agenda …

Sovereignty as the Responsibility to Prevent, Protect and Rebuild

Tasneem Jamal

Author Glyn Berry The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2004 Volume 25 Issue 1 A version of this paper was given in New York in November 2003. Glyn Berry is Minister-Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations.  Perhaps because of Canada’s traditional openness to international engagement, our strong belief in the rule of law in international relations, and the importance we …