JULY 22, 2009: UN Set to Begin Debate About When to Step in to Respond to War Crimes

Memo From the United Nations-
When to Step In to Stop War Crimes Causes Fissures

SOURCE:  NEW YORK TIMES

By
NEIL MacFARQUHAR

UNITED NATIONS — On the face of it, a commitment by all United Nations member states to reach an understanding on how the world body should intervene to stop genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing would not seem like a major stretch.

But the debate scheduled in the General Assembly for Thursday over the concept, known as “the responsibility to protect,” is producing rancor before it even begins. So much, in fact, that instead of figuring out how to enforce the doctrine, the General Assembly could end up debating the policy’s validity all over again, even though about 150 world leaders already endorsed it in 2005.


For the full story, please see: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/world/23nation.html?_r=1&ref=world


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