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Ethical Dilemmas connected with the “Responsibility to Protect”

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The concept of "Responsibility to Protect" (RtoP) is an ambitious attempt to tackle the international community's passivity vis-à-vismass atrocities. RtoP proposes a framework which partly breaks up the opposition between intervention and sovereignty and puts the two into a different perspective. The key purpose of RtoP is to create a more reliable framework for international reactions to RtoP situations. This chapter outlines three central dilemmas. The first dilemma is connected with the expectations raised by RtoP. The second dilemma is connected with the different ethical concepts involved in the RtoP argument. The third dilemma is connected with the ambiguous role of the law in the field of grave human rights violations. Finally, it is logically inconsistent to treat current international law as a cause for RtoP situations and, at same time, as t he unquestionable premise of the realization of RtoP.

Keywords: central dilemmas; human rights; Responsibility to Protect (RtoP); sovereignty



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