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Latin America and the Caribbean

Gilberto Marcos and Antonio Rodrigues

in The Responsibility to Protect

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199797769
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919369 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797769.003.0022
Latin America and the Caribbean

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This chapter focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) views of the responsibility to protect (RtoP). The LAC region currently experiences a situation of relative peace when compared to other continents, as it does not present any manifest cases of the RtoP. Its urgency to discuss and promote the theme is strongly related to the memory of atrocities committed in the period of military dictatorships (1960–1990s), whose sequels are still felt and still affect the safeguard of human rights. In parallel, opposers to the RtoP coherently invoke, even if distortedly, the history of political, military, and economic interventions made by the U.S. for the sake of democracy. In that regard, the post-9/11 period is viewed as a real threat to future actions in the region.

Keywords: responsibility to protect; Latin American; Caribbean; foreign interventions; mass atrocities; military dictatorships; human rights

Chapter.  9339 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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