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Title: Libya and the Responsibility to Protect
Authors: Antwi-Danso, V.
Aryee, B.D.
University of Ghana, College of Humanities, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
Issue Date: Dec-2015
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is an international regime that sets the standard for external intervention in a state for humanitarian purposes. This regime requires the collective security consensus of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as the authority for its implementation in any state. Until the introduction of this regime in 2011, most military interventions had been regarded as illegal and morally unjustified. The first use of the principle of R2P occurred in Libya, where, for the first time, there was UNSC consensus for military intervention for humanitarian purposes. This study attempts to determine whether the Responsibility to Protect was abused by the US and its NATO allies during their military intervention in the Libyan crisis. The study concludes that the intervention was an abuse and disregard for the principles and purposes of the R2P in Libya. This was because the interveners enhanced the capabilities of the rebels and caused regime change in Libya. The aftermath of the intervention shows that the human security in Libya has worsened.
Description: Thesis (MPhil) - University of Ghana, 2015
Appears in Collections:Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy

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