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Rohingya: killings should remind all nations of their responsibility to protect victims of mass atrocity crimes

Do states have a moral duty to protect foreigners from mass atrocity crimes?

  • Maria Jellinek
  • The Conversation

At the turn of the millennium – and with the 2005 global political agreement to the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) – the positive answer to this question seemed obvious.

Yet, almost 15 years after that commitment, the world’s vow to protect civilians from tyranny is faltering.

A painful indicator of this trend has been the failure of the international community to effectively protect the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The minority group has been persecuted for generations and, in 2017, these attacks resulted in…

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