Myanmar (Burma) Prepares “Camps” for the Return of Persecuted Rohingya
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:
» Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).
» The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).
Atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority constitute crimes against humanity under international law. These crimes may ultimately prove to be genocidal in intent.
Populations in the eastern and Kasaï regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are facing mass atrocity crimes as a result of ongoing violence between security forces and various militias.
Yemen’s New Year Begins With Deadly Airstrikes
As 2018 begins, Yemen remains the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. An estimated 22.2 million people – over 75 percent of the population – require humanitarian assistance and approximately 8 million people are at risk of famine. The destruction of civilian infrastructure has led to the largest cholera outbreak in modern history, with more than 1 million recorded cases. Incessant airstrikes and indiscriminate mortar and artillery fire have rendered half of the country’s health facilities unable to function.