Receiving the latest Nato Watch News Briefing prompted a closer look at what lies behind the expression R2P: 

The RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT (“RtoP” or “R2P”) is a new international security and human rights norm to address the international community’s failure to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. 

The INTERNATIONAL COALITION FOR THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT (ICRtoP) will bring together NGOs from all regions of the world to strengthen normative consensus for RtoP, further the understanding of the norm, push for strengthened capacities to prevent and halt genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity and mobilize NGOs to push for action to save lives in RtoP country-specific situations.

World Federation of United Nations Associations (New York and Geneva) is one of its members. 

The Founding Steering Committee Members of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect are

Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES), Argentina

East Africa Law Society, Tanzania

Human Rights Watch

Initiatives for International Dialogue, The Philippines

International Refugee Rights Initiative, New York and Uganda

Oxfam International 

The West Africa Civil Society Institute, Ghana  

World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, New York and The Hague 


International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

c/o World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy
708 Third Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10017

Read more here. 

There is also a student branch – R2P-SC; the R2P Student Coalition is an autonomous network of students based at the University of Qld, Brisbane, Australia, and is an affiliate student organisation of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

The R2P Student Coalition seeks to advance support for and effective implementation of the R2P principle in the Asia Pacific Region by generating creative dialogue amongst students with knowledge and interests in R2P, through advocacy, awareness raising and research activities.


The latest Nato Watch News Briefing: 

24 February 2011 Responsibility to Protect in Libya: calls for intervention intensify 

As UN experts denounce massive human rights violations in Libya, calls by civil society to halt mass atrocities have intensified . . .

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