“If not now, when?”: The Responsibility to Protect, the Fate of the Rohingya and the Future of Human Rights

11 Jan 2019 11:5

In a new occasional paper by GAAMAC Steering Group member Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, its Executive Director Dr. Simon Adams shows that even when international bodies such as the UN Security Council are paralyzed and inert, a mobilized international community can still act to prevent atrocities. Examining the UN's failure to protect the Rohingya population in Myanmar, Dr. Adams contrasts this with the quick reaction by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) when the situation in the Gambia rapidly deteriorated, calling it a successful case of preventive diplomacy. As he points out, prevention is cheaper and saves lives, and is preferable to reaction when it is too late.