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R2P and the Protection of Minorities

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This chapter discusses the cases on international crimes such as genocide and ethnic cleansing as the main possible causes for the invocation of R2P are seldom commented upon, but it is actually significant as manifesting a particularly important dimension of R2P and of its predecessor, the right to humanitarian intervention. It deals however with a little-known, though rather instructive, dimension in Kofi Annan's examples, as well as those of Kosovo and Syria. These and most other similar and recent crisis situations such as South Sudan involve minorities. Almost unnoticed, or at least unacknowledged, is that, as with cases of large-scale ethnic cleansing and genocide, it would seem that ethnic groups, and mainly if not always ethnic minorities in particular, will be the beneficiaries of R2P if the doctrine goes beyond a purely theoretical principle and enters the real world of politics and international law.

Keywords: ethnic cleansing; genocide; international law; Kofi Annan; Kosovo; R2P; South Sudan; Syria

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