Responsibility to Protect

Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a relatively new concept in political theory. Basically, it is the idea that governments everywhere have a responsibility to uphold and protect the human rights of their citizens. And, if a state is unwilling or unable to do so, it is the duty of the international community to step in and end human rights violations. Given the recent interventions in Libya, the uprisings in the Middle East and Africa, and the general state of the world over the past twenty years, R2P has become more and more relevant. This video provides a brief history of the concept, and details some of the ways in which it is being used or misused today, and the hope it creates for the future.


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