Responsibility to Protect

Camilla Shearman, Blog Writer Formally labelling a group’s actions as ‘genocide’ carries significant political consequences, including referring the case to the International Criminal Court, increasing efforts to address the crimes, and recognising the responsibility to protect (R2P) principle, which places the responsibility to stop the atrocities within the purview of the international community. On the… Read More


Sho Shibata, Blog Writer “When the modernist dream is embraced by an absolute power able to monopolize modern vehicles of rational action, and when that power attains freedom from effective social control, genocide follows” – Zygmunt Bauman (93-94, Modernity and the Holocaust) Large parts of Syria and Iraq today lay vastly in ruin, with humanitarian… Read More


Banke Sorinwa, Blog Writer Humanitarian assistance is generally accepted to mean the aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of man-made crises and natural disasters, as well as to prevent and strengthen preparedness for the occurrence of such situations. The need for humanitarian assistance/relief… Read More


Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer South Sudan, world’s youngest state (gaining independence in 2011) has been continually unable to protect its civilians, and in particular its children. Over 50,000 people have died in the conflict and over 185,000 have been displaced in UN camps. The United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children’s Fund… Read More