The Simons Forum on the Responsibility to Protect: Re-Energizing the Key Players was convened by The Simons Foundation under the auspices of the Simons Visiting Chair in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 22-24 March 2017.
Report of the conference convened by Global Action to Prevent War and its co-sponsors - the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), and the World Federalist Movement of Canada
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY
June 13 - 16, 2012
W2I is a crucial initiative pursuing the prevention of genocide and other crimes against humanity. After Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur, genocide experts understand that pressuring political leaders to stop crimes against humanity before they become genocides has been ineffective. We know what is happening and early warnings are sounded, but governments are slow to react and intervene effectively.
The so-called “right of humanitarian intervention” has been one of the most controversial foreign policy issues of the last decade – both when intervention has happened, as in Kosovo, and when it has failed to happen, as in Rwanda.
In the absence of any effective international response, a deepening humanitarian catastrophe is facing the Rohingya, a majority Muslim ethnic group who have lived for centuries in Myanmar. Visit The Globe and Mail at the link below for commentary on the current situation from The Simons Foundation Peace Shaper, the Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, and the Hon. Allan Rock.
The Simons Forum on "The Responsibility to Protect: Re-Energizing the Key Players" brought together 30 international experts in Vancouver in March 2017 to discuss how best to reinvigorate the global response to the threat and reality of genocide and other mass atrocity crimes. The full report of the Forum is now available at the link below.