SHARES blog: The Responsibility to Protect Temporarily Stranded in Syria

SHARES blog series on shared responsibility in international law.

Introduction: On 14 October , High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay publicly stated that the ‘onus to take protective action’ for the benefit of the Syrian people now lies with the international community. This reference to the international community is a moderate formulation of what seem to be forceful intentions. In concrete terms, the statement can be seen as a call for action by the international community of states under a mandate of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) based on the responsibility to protect (R2P).Pillay describes the continuing reports of assaults on and killings of civilians by the Syrian government as strong evidence that crimes against humanity are taking place. This is one of the four categories of violations for which operationalization of the R2P is warranted.

Link to blog: The Responsibility to Protect Temporarily Stranded in Syria

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