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Libya and the international community’s 'responsibility to protect'

Garwood-Gowers, Andrew (2011) Libya and the international community’s 'responsibility to protect'. On line Opinion : Australia's eJournal of Social and Political Debate.

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Abstract

The Libyan regime’s attacks on its own civilian population are a test case for the international community’s commitment to the notion of a “responsibility to protect” (R2P). The UN Security Council’s statement on 22 February 2011 explicitly invoked this concept by calling on “the Government of Libya to meet its responsibility to protect its population”. Yet, with Muammar Gaddafi encouraging further violence against protesters and threatening to fight “until the last drop of blood” it seems unlikely that the Security Council’s warning will be heeded. Greater pressure from the international community will be needed to bring an end to the atrocities in Libya. The international response to the Libyan crisis represents an opportunity to translate the theory of R2P into practice.

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ID Code: 45425
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: responsibility to protect, libya, international community, UN security council , mass atrocity crimes
ISSN: 1442-8458
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > International Law (excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Andrew Garwood-Gowers
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2011 07:47
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2011 13:40

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