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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed … Something Blue? The Protection Potential Of A Marriage Of Concepts Between R2p And Idps Protection

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This chapter explores what an association with responsibility to protect (R2P) might bring to existing approaches to the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs). It sketches a portrait of a marriage between these two concepts, assessing their compatibility and considering what this suggests about the potential protection dividends that this match might engender. In contemplating this question, the core argument and conclusions of the chapter call to mind an Anglo-American custom at marriage ceremonies captured in the rhyme: 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'. The four situations with which R2P is concerned - genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing - invariably force people into displacement; with ethnic cleansing this is the very aim.

Keywords: internally displaced persons (IDPs); responsibility to protect (R2P)



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