Journal title DIRITTI UMANI E DIRITTO INTERNAZIONALE
Author/s Giustiniani Flavia Zorzi
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/1 Language Italian
Pages 21 P. 33-53 File size 179 KB
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The "Responsibility to Protect". Marginal observations on the Burmese case - The responsibility to protect doctrine was designed at the dawn of the new millennium to resolve situations when a State fails to protect its people against avoidable suffering. While it received a great deal of attention in doctrinal debates, the expectations put on it were not matched by reality. Indeed the concept, as endorsed by the international community in the 2005 UN World Summit declaration, is conspicuous by its scarce innovative value and its ambiguities. Among the questions left unanswered there is, in particular, the problem of its applicability in humanitarian emergency situations due to the combined effect of a natural catastrophe and the criminal behaviour of territorial authorities. This latter situation, so far considered as a hypothetical scenario, became true in Myanmar following the passage of cyclone Nargis. The Burmese emergency can thus be taken as a test-case whose inquiry will enable us to scrutinize the actual extent of the responsibility to protect.
Giustiniani Flavia Zorzi, La "responsabilità di proteggere". Riflessioni a margine del caso birmano in "DIRITTI UMANI E DIRITTO INTERNAZIONALE" 1/2009, pp 33-53, DOI: 10.3280/DUDI2009-001002