R2P To The Rescue

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 13 2011 @ 7:25am

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Mark Seddon lauds the UN intervention in the Ivory Coast crisis, which is approaching an end game after the arrest of Gbagbo:

‘Responsibility to Protect’ or ‘R2P’ as it is known did not of course emanate as a doctrine from Ban ki moon’s first term. But its practical implementation is most certainly coming to be most closely associated with this quietly determined, and more confident, Secretary General. The UN is no longer being seen as a sometimes dallying, hand ringing bystander to the abuse of human rights but as an active leader in stopping it. … This is the UN and the Secretary General, at their active best, confident in their mission and clear about their responsibilities. How refreshing.

(Photo: Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone sit on a bed at the Hotel du Golf in Abidjan after their arrest on April 11, 2011. Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara's forces, backed by French and UN troops, captured his besieged rival Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan today at the climax of a deadly five-month crisis. Gbagbo, who has held power since 2000 and stubbornly refused to admit defeat in November's presidential election, was detained and taken to his rival's temporary hotel headquarters, with his wife Simone and son Michel. STR/AFP/Getty Images)