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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is the international political commitment to halt mass atrocity crimes, based on three pillars. The first pillar states that 'Every state has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from four mass atrocity crimes: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing', Pillar two emphasises that 'The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual states in meeting that responsibility', and the third states how 'If a state is manifestly failing to protect its populations, the international community must be prepared to take appropriate collective action, in a timely and decisive manner and in accordance with the UN Charter.' 

For the developed countries in the Global North, R2P is usually considered as an external commitment, to protect others from mass atrocities under the second and third pillars. But recent events have shown that Europe itself might also be vulnerable to pressures leading to the four R2P crimes.  What are the threats?  And how can European states better protect their own vulnerable populations?


Kate Ferguson, Chair of Policy, European Centre for Responsibility to Protect & Executive Director, Protection Approaches

Shannon Raj Singh, Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

György Tatár, Chair, Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention

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Wednesday, 29 April, 2020 - 18:00 to 19:00
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