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Statement on the UN Security Council Elections 2012

Statement on the UN Security Council Elections 2012

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10/24/12 11:35 AMStatement on the UN Security Council Elections 2012Page 1 of 2http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1fbfaa1c8b7e823de28eb944d&id=5ec2afa165&e=49135b62a1
 A Statement from the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
22 October 2012 
Statement on the UN Security Council Elections 2012
 The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect welcomes the election of Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda to the United Nations (UN)Security Council for 2013 and 2014. With the addition of these members, in 2013 theSecurity Council will consist of an overwhelming majority of strong supporters of theResponsibility to Protect (R2P). It is our hope that they will use this opportunity to upholdtheir commitment to R2P and to take early preventive action to avert the type of tragedieswitnessed in Rwanda, Srebrenica and more recently in Syria and Sudan. Security Council members have a responsibility to ensure that populations are protectedin every country from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes againsthumanity. To this end, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect urges allSecurity Council members to: Seek unity and bridge differences on the UN Security Council regarding Syria;Hold a UN Department of Political Affairs Horizon Scanning briefing during their presidency to inform council members of potential crises;Request briefings from the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide as wellas Special Rapporteurs on situations where populations are at risk;Where appropriate, apply the R2P three pillar framework to crisis situations andtake responsible and timely action.Following the election Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for theResponsibility to Protect, remarked: “R2P is only ever as strong as the commitment of theUN member states who support it. Stopping mass atrocity crimes is fundamentally aquestion of political will. We welcome the election of these new UN Security Councilmembers and applaud their commitment to ending crimes that stain the conscience of theworld.” 

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