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Professor Jason Ralph cited in article discussing the UK's Responsibility to Protect

09 May 2014 |

Professor Ralph is cited in a Guardian article discussing the Responsibility to Protect.

The article is entitled “Boko Haram- a suitable case for UN-approved intervention”, and addresses concerns over Nigeria as identified by the British Foreign Office.

Although the country yields plentiful oil supplies it suffers from “corruption, a weak central government, poverty, and, most worrying, the threat from extremist Islamist groups in the north of the country”.

The issue has become much more prominent in light of the recent abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in north-east Nigeria.

“The whole question of how to intervene, when, and with what, was the subject this week of a high-level roundtable in London run by the British United Nations Association (UNA-UK) on the "responsibility to protect".

Reference is made to Professor Ralph’s report, where he highlights that “mainstreaming the responsibility to protect in UK strategy", distributed at the UNA roundtable, that what was important, was building an understanding that humanitarian intervention would not be abused by powerful states acting unilaterally”.

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