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Responsibility to Protect or Obligation to Prevent: Whose Responsibility?

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Corporations have no conscience and feel no pain. They possess superhuman strengths and abilities, allowing them to remain in existence indefinitely, continually growing and exponentially increasing the power and wealth they possess. States' governments do have as a primary goal, the protection of their citizens, the constituents who presumably voted them into power. The chapter discusses what legal instruments, if any might be used to counter these attacks, and whether there are any other forms of counter-attack that global society might attempt in its own defence. The state itself, in signing the charter, accepts the responsibilities of membership flowing from the signature. There is no transfer or dilution of state sovereignty. The victimization on a grand scale should be susceptible to legal redress. The repression and criminalization of dissent in the US are well known, and the role of the "War on terror" as justification, is equally acknowledged.

Keywords: criminalization; global society; legal redress; membership responsibilities; state sovereignty; victimization

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