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People of the South Sudan need protected

Published 30/12/2013

IN spite of an assurance from the UN's special representative that the UN "are not abandoning South Sudan", images of peacekeepers being evacuated have increased concerns over the mission's ability to protect the population, including 40,000 refugees, who have taken refuge in the UN compounds in Juba, Bor and Bentiu.

In 2005, following its failures in Rwanda and Kosovo, the UN General Assembly adopted the principle of "responsibility to protect" (R2P), intended to provide a new level of international consensus, which would allow swift action to prevent atrocities.

In spite of failures in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka, R2P has been used in Ivory Coast, Libya and Central African Republic.

Urgent action is needed to ensure the international community fulfils its responsibility to protect the people of South Sudan.

STEFAN SIMANOWITZ

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