Iraqi policemen get haircuts at a checkpoint in Mosul in April.
There is no responsibility to protect people from pandemics – but the world must still safeguard those at risk of mass atrocities.
A line of cars spills on to the street as drivers wait to fill their tanks at a fuel station in Cabimas, Venezuela, in May 2019. U.S. sanctions on oil-rich Venezuela appear to be taking hold, resulting in mile-long lines for fuel and other hardships.
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The devastating costs of economic sanctions on Venezuela are being ignored or disregarded. So too is the lack of a legal basis for international intervention.
Rohingya refugees shout slogans during a protest against a disputed repatriation programme at the Unchiprang refugee camp near Teknaf, Bangladesh. November 15, 2018.
Nearly 15 years after the international community endorsed the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), standards tragically are slipping.
Kofi Annan in 2009.
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While his appointment as UN Secretary-General was a huge breakthrough, Kofi Annan also led the organisation through some of its ugliest moments.
While the Syria strikes were clearly violating international law, using force to uphold the ban on chemical weapons is becoming acceptable in the international community.
The legal standards for military intervention are complicated and highly specific. It's not clear an attack on Syria would meet them.
Larry Nassar will spend the rest of his life in prison for his crimes. Should anyone else bear responsibility?
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Employers like Michigan State play a critical role in protecting people – or not – from abuse by people on their payroll.
Not a good look.
Hardly an enthusiastic upholder of human rights, Qatar has been welcomed as a participant in R2P – even though that obligates it to do basically nothing.
UN peacekeepers are often too late to the scene to help.
The UN's peacekeeping efforts are all very well, but they take too long to mount and are unevenly spread across member states. It's time to build something less ad hoc.
Migrants reaching out for help.
The UK's response to the migrant crisis is legal, but it's also immoral.
Does anyone seriously expect Beijing or Moscow to change their behaviour because of a hail of hopeful retweets?
Humanitarians no more?
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Overdue for reform: UN Security Council.
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Bosnian women of the Srebrenica Mothers Association at The Hague for the July 16 ruling.
The Srebrenica massacre of July 1995 is one of the most horrendous atrocities of post-war European history. The mass killing of 7,000 to 8,000 Bosnian Muslims accompanied by the deportation of 25,000 to…
Urgent business: the UN Security Council discusses Gaza and the downing of flight MH17.
On Thursday July 17, 298 people lost their lives when Flight MH17 was downed in eastern Ukraine. Almost immediately accusations were made that the aircraft had been shot down by pro-Russian separatists…