Transitional Justice and National Reconciliation
Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies Washington United States
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In the aftermath of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda, in 2005 the General Assembly of the United Nations established an initiative known as the responsibility to protect R2P. The R2P concept departs from traditional principles of international relations regarding the protection of national sovereignty, stating that sovereignty is not a right but a responsibility. R2P argues that when a regime commits war crimes and crimes against humanity, it forfeits its sovereignty, and the international community then has the right, indeed the responsibility to take necessary measures to protect civilians and prevent further crimes against them.
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