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Early Warnings And Early Action

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This chapter addresses the genocides that occurred after the Cold War from a perspective that considers whether these genocides could have been prevented or halted by the third parties. Early warning focuses on describing the situation of the perpetrators and victims in some part of the world and bringing this to the attention of others outside that country or region. This description would include advice on how to react, i.e., policy options are included in early warnings. In all gross human rights violations and in all violent conflicts, the following three different roles can be identified: perpetrator; victim; and bystander. The decision making or non-decision making resulting from the early warning is focused in the chapter. A preliminary survey shows that the available literature on early action and international response to ongoing or impending gross human rights violations is rather limited.

Keywords: bystander approach; decisionmaking; early action; early warning; human rights violations; violent conflicts



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