Enhancing Protection Capacity: Policy Guide to the Responsibility to Protect and the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts

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Overview
  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-ISP
    PUBLISHER:
    Griffith University
    SERIES:
    Policy Guide
    TITLE:
    Enhancing Protection Capacity: Policy Guide to the Responsibility to Protect and the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts
    AUTHORS:
    by Hugh Breakey, Angus Francis, Vesselin Popovski, Charles Sampford, Michael G. Smith and Ramesh Thakur
    PUB DATE:
    2012•11•19
    ISBN 10:
    978-1-921760-87-7
    COPYRIGHT:
    Griffith University
    COPYRIGHT YEAR:
    2012
    SPONSOR:
    Australian R2P Fund, the Australian Government, AusAID, Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

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    This Policy Guide seeks to enhance the ability of policy makers and practitioners – in governments, regional and international organizations, and civil society – in strengthening their efforts to protect civilians from conflict-related grave harm and mass atrocity crimes.

    The Guide clarifies and compares the twin of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the Protection of Civilians (POC) in their normative, institutional and operational dimensions, distinguishes the principles’ different actors and methods, and specifies the situations when the two principles converge for specific actors and organizations.

    With full acknowledgement of the controversies, diversities of position and ongoing developments within these issues, the objectives of this Policy Guide are to:

    • Inform relevant protection actors about the normative, institutional and operational scope of R2P and POC;
    • Clarify the relationship between R2P and POC, including their points of intersection and divergence (with a specific focus on the needs of policy makers and practitioners); and
    • Provide practical guidance regarding , how and by whom R2P and POC might be implemented.