Shocking video exposes extrajudicial killings in Cameroon
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).
Armed groups target religious leaders in Central African Republic
South Sudan’s latest failed peace agreement
Sanctions and accountability for atrocities in Myanmar (Burma)
On Monday, 25 June, the European Union (EU) and Canada imposed sanctions on seven senior members of Myanmar’s military and police, including the former head of the army’s Western Command, Major General Maung Maung Soe, who was also sanctioned by the United States in December 2017. The sanctioned individuals are all banned from traveling to the EU and face asset freezes.
Today, 25 June, the UN General Assembly will hold a debate on “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” as part of the Formal Agenda of its 72nd session. Today’s debate constitutes the first formal discussion of R2P by the UN General Assembly since 2009 and reflects the consensus that has been built throughout the past decade regarding the importance of preventing atrocities, despite setbacks and differences of opinion regarding effective implementation.
Governments should strengthen the tools to reverse the unprecedented threat to the global ban on chemical weapons, a coalition of 21 human rights and humanitarian groups said today. The continuing unattributed use of chemical weapons in Syria and nerve agents in the United Kingdom and Malaysia highlight the need to assign responsibility for those violating the longstanding and near universally accepted prohibition against chemical weapons.
More UN peacekeepers killed while protecting civilians in Central African Republic (CAR)
The undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations condemn the unlawful detention yesterday of Radhya Almutawakel and Abdulrasheed Alfaqih, two prominent Yemeni human rights defenders with Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, and call on all parties to the armed conflict in Yemen to respect the work of human rights advocates.
by Diana Quick
ChildFund Alliance, together with 23 other civil society organizations, wrote an open letter regarding the situation of children in Yemen to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, ahead of the publication of this year’s Children and Armed Conflict Annual Report.
Attack on Hodeidah port threatens 250,000 lives in Yemen
Famine looms in Yemen as threat to Hodeidah port grows
As the result of an armed conflict that has raged for over three years, Yemen is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Last Thursday, 24 May, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator warned that by the end of the year a further 10 million people could join the 8.4 million already at risk of famine.
On this International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect pays tribute to peacekeepers deployed around the world and recognizes the sacrifice of those who have lost their lives in the service of peace and the protection of civilians.
Violent intimidation and the outcome of the Burundi referendum
Last Thursday, 17 May, Burundians voted on constitutional amendments proposed by the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza that would allow him to remain in office until 2034. The controversial referendum was preceded by a violent campaign of intimidation against perceived critics of the president and the vote.
Israeli Army kills 58 Palestinian protestors on Gaza border
On Monday, 14 May, at least 58 Palestinians were killed and 2,700 wounded by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) during mass demonstrations along the border between Gaza and Israel. While the majority of protesters participated peacefully, some threw rocks at the IDF and flew flaming kites into Israeli territory. Israeli troops, including snipers, responded to the protests with live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas. At least six children and a healthcare worker were among those shot and killed.
Nigeria battles to restore security in the northeast
UN Security Council visits Rakhine State as Myanmar’s Army intensifies attacks on Kachin civilians
Airstrikes and atrocities continue in Yemen
On Sunday, 22 April, an airstrike on a wedding party in northwestern Yemen killed at least 21 people, including children. Two days earlier at least 20 civilians were killed in another airstrike on a vehicle in Taizz governorate. It is suspected that both airstrikes were carried out by the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE)-led military coalition that is battling Houthi rebels who still control much of Yemen, including the capital, Sana’a.
New York, April 18, 2018
The United Nations General Assembly created the “International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism” (IIIM) in an unprecedented resolution in 2016 in response to the deadlock at the United Nations Security Council, where Russia has used its veto 12 times since 2011 to block Council action on the Syrian conflict. Moscow’s latest veto came just last week in the wake of a horrific attack in Douma that claimed the lives of dozens to once again prevent the establishment of an attribution mechanism on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The International Criminal Court and Myanmar (Burma)