Abiodun Williams on the Responsibility to Protect
Abiodun Williams (President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice) reflects on the Responsibility to Protect and the main critiques it is facing at the moment. Dr Williams worked with then UNSG Kofi Annan when ‘R2P’ was unanimously accepted by all the heads of state in the World Summit of 2005.
‘In a sense Syria could be considered the collateral damage of Libya, because there’s a great deal of tension in the Security Council which has arisen in the aftermath of the Libyan intervention.’
‘One of the unfortunate consequences of the intervention in Libya, where R2P was invoked, is that in the minds of most people the Responsibility to Protect has become synonymous with military action’.
On 25 September 2013 Dr Williams was interviewed at the Institute in the Hague by Bruno Braak.