The Failure of R2P in Darfur

January 24, 2008

Human Security students: PBS recently aired its FRONTLINE investigation into the Darfur tragedy.

The world vowed “never again” after the genocide in Rwanda and the atrocities in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Then came Darfur. Over the past four years, at least 200,000 people have been killed, 2.5 million driven from their homes, and mass rapes have been used as a weapon in a brutal campaign – supported by the Sudanese government – against civilians in Darfur. In On Our Watch, FRONTLINE asks why the United Nations and its members once again failed to stop the slaughter.

It is instructive to compare this report with FRONTLINE’s excellent investigative report on the 1994 Rwandan genocide. In that report, the US administration under Clinton is raked over the coals; in this report, China is taken to task. We will be discussing details from both events, in our effort to evaluate the worth of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) framework — a framework that is considered one of the human security agenda’s most notable achievements.

To watch the FRONTLINE program, click here.


2 Responses to “The Failure of R2P in Darfur”

  1. Sandeep Says:

    in terms of China’s role of the events occurring in Sudan, I found this article to be rather enlightening.

    got the website from the video =D

  2. lmcinhk Says:

    Very interesting article. Many thanks for the reference. LMC

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