The Burma Cyclone and the Responsibility to Protect

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Abstract

International consensus has developed that R2P should not have been applied to Burma when it denied access to the victims of Cyclone Nargis. The author argues that Burma could well have been an R2P case under whose umbrella political and humanitarian action could have been mobilized. Needed are effective criteria for deciding in which situations the Security Council should act and performance standards for measuring government responses to natural disasters so that populations can be better protected.

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