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Jared Genser, Irwin Cotler, Desmond Tutu, and Vaclav Havel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199797769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797769.001.0001

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Burma (Myanmar)

Burma (Myanmar)

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The Responsibility to Protect

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

Meghan Barron

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the first serious attempted application of the responsibility to protect (RtoP) doctrine to Burma in response to the Burmese military regime's refusal to accept international assistance in the wake of the country's worst natural disaster on record, and explores the reasons for the effort's ultimate failure in the UN Security Council. It then analyzes the doctrine's potential application to Burma more broadly in light of the pattern of ongoing systematic human-rights abuse perpetrated by the military regime. Finally, the chapter considers whether future attempts to apply the RtoP to the situation in Burma may serve a useful purpose given that Burma is already on the UN Security Council's permanent agenda.

Keywords:   responsibility to protect, human rights, military regime, international assistance, human rights abuse, UN Security Council

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