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Burma (Myanmar)

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro and Meghan Barron

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/9780199797769.003.0029
Burma (Myanmar)

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This chapter examines the first serious attempted application of the responsibility to protect (RtoP) doctrine to Burma in response to the Burmese military regime's refusal to accept international assistance in the wake of the country's worst natural disaster on record, and explores the reasons for the effort's ultimate failure in the UN Security Council. It then analyzes the doctrine's potential application to Burma more broadly in light of the pattern of ongoing systematic human-rights abuse perpetrated by the military regime. Finally, the chapter considers whether future attempts to apply the RtoP to the situation in Burma may serve a useful purpose given that Burma is already on the UN Security Council's permanent agenda.

Keywords: responsibility to protect; human rights; military regime; international assistance; human rights abuse; UN Security Council

Chapter.  9737 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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