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CCR2P Concerned by Russian Withdrawal from the ICC

Michael Switzer

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TORONTO, ON – On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin withdrew Russia’s signature from the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002. The ICC is tasked with prosecuting the worst type of crimes, including war crimes,
genocide, and crimes against humanity.

“As an embodiment of legal accountability, the ICC is a strong deterrent that is crucial to the prevention of genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity,” said Tina Park, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P).

“The Russian decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute is a symbolic one, as the treaty had not been ratified by the Russian Government. We are nonetheless concerned by Russia’s growing disinterest in cooperating with the international efforts to protect human rights.”

“CCR2P calls on governments around the world to reaffirm their commitments to the ICC. We must continue to hold accountable those who perpetrate genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. We owe it to the world’s most vulnerable as part of our
Responsibility to Protect.

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Trudeau and R2P: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls upon the international community to exercise our collective Responsibility to Protect in Syria

Michael Switzer

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The Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect wholeheartedly welcomes the statement made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today regarding the United Nations General Assembly plenary meeting on Syria.  
In his statement, Prime Minister Trudeau invoked the Responsibility to Protect:  “I encourage other countries to help generate forward momentum on Syria, given UN members have a collective responsibility to protect the world’s vulnerable and weak when others cannot or will not.”  
The Canadian Centre for R2P applauds Prime Minister Trudeau’s leadership in re-claiming R2P and Canada’s proud tradition in championing global humanitarianism. 
Moving forward, we urge the Canadian government to take concrete steps to operationalize R2P in light of the on-going crisis in Syria, by appointing a National R2P focal point, expanding our humanitarian aid programme, and serving as a vocal advocate of responsibility to protect on the international stage.  

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OpenCanada: Meeting Canada’s responsibility to protect refugees

Misha Boutilier

In the debate about how Canada should respond to the crisis, Canadians should consider how the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle unanimously adopted by the UN in 2005 applies to the refugee crisis.

Under the R2P principle, Canada and other UN member-states accepted a responsibility to protect their own populations from the four mass atrocity crimes. Canada and other states also accepted a responsibility to assist states in fulfilling this responsibility and to take timely and decisive action if a state is unwilling and unable to protect its own people.

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OpenCanada: From promise to practice, UN marks 10 years of R2P

Tina Park

Last week at the UN headquarters in New York, the General Assembly’s annual forum on the Responsibility to Protect took place. The “informal and interactive dialogue” focused on the UN Secretary-General’s latest R2P report, entitled “A Vital and Enduring commitment: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect.” Sixty-nine member states and the European Union delivered statements on behalf of 91 states. The Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs of the University of Toronto, was one of the four civil society groups to speak at the dialogue.

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OpenCanada: The Eight Lessons of Rwanda

Hon. Irwin Cotler

As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, where approximately one million Rwandans – mostly ethnic Tutsis – were murdered in less than 100 days – we must ask ourselves: What have we learned?

In the aftermath of the 65th anniversary of the Genocide Convention – sometimes spoken of as the “Never Again” convention – but which has been violated again and again – we must ask ourselves: What must we do?

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R2PLive: Report #1


Abstract: This paper presents original summary statistics of the Responsibility to Protect in the global media since 2001, and conducts two case studies featuring an in-depth analysis of R2P in Libya and Syria.

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