Protection Against Genocide: Mission Impossible? by Neal Riemer
Without subject to utopian illusions or real pessimism, Rimmer and his supporters call for strengthening the key institutions of a global human rights system, for developing an effective policy of…
Protection Against Genocide synopsis
Without subject to utopian illusions or real pessimism, Rimmer and his supporters call for strengthening the key institutions of a global human rights system, for developing an effective policy of preventive protection against genocide and for developing a prudent strategy of targeted political-economic and economic sanctions. And the adoption of a guiding philosophy of equitable humanitarian intervention.
They highlight important changes in the international order - the end of the cold war, economic globalization and the communications revolution - which offer the opportunity for a large, if modest, movement to strengthen key institutions. The articles explore the main problems in working to prevent genocide. It highlights the existence of a large early warning of genocide and stresses that the real problem lies in the lack of political will in major global institutions.
Sanctions, in particular economic sanctions, may punish the genocidal regime, but at the expense of innocent civilians. Thus, targeted sanctions are seen more clearly as necessary.
The argument on behalf of a permanent police force to deal with the crime of genocide, as it appears, is strong and controversial: strong because the need is convincing and controversial because political realists doubt its cost and political feasibility. The implementation of the philosophy of fair humanitarian intervention requires appreciation of the difficulties in interpreting those principles in difficult concrete situations.
They argue that a permanent international criminal court to deter and punish genocide would place a very essential component of a universal human rights system. Thoughtful analysis of researchers and students of international politics and law, and human rights in general..
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