R2P is a doubled edged sword

In Saving Syria, Irwin Cotler laments the ineffectiveness of the UN in coming to grips with Assad's slaughter of his people. Cotler, Being a humanitarian and a leading human rights lawyer, values the notion of Responsibility to Protect, known as R2P. He writes "In particular, it was hoped that the UN Security Council would finally, however belatedly, invoke the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine with respect to Syria, as it had with Libya - and with no less compelling justification. "At the UN World Summit in 2005, more than 150 heads of state and government unanimously adopted a declaration on the Responsibility to Protect, authorizing international collective action "to protect [a state's] population from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity" if that state is unable or unwilling to protect its citizens, or worse, as in the case of Syria, if that state is the author of such criminality. "Simply put, it is as shocking as it is shameful that the...(Read Full Post)