Sri Lanka and the Responsibility to Protect: Politics, Ethnicity and Genocide

Sri Lanka and the Responsibility to Protect: Politics, Ethnicity and Genocide

Hardback Global Politics and the Responsibility to Protect

By (author) Damien Kingsbury

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 18mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 23 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415588847
  • ISBN 13: 9780415588843
  • Sales rank: 1,554,811

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This book provides a study of the war by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to create a separate state in Sri Lanka. It examines the ways in which this war should, in principle, have invoked 'Responsibility to Protect' principles, as well as the political, legal and practical problems involved and, ultimately, why the international community failed to act. Over the years there have been several events, including those in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Darfur, and Kosovo, that have led the international community to accept a responsibility to protect. However, despite its overwhelming preliminary endorsement, the principles of this concept are still not universally sanctioned and there are some strong international opponents, including some countries that were initial signatories of the convention. By considering the example of Sri Lanka, the text focuses on what conditions could satisfy or demand the application of responsibility to protect. It further presents a case as to why this conflict was, and may still be, the normative responsibility of the international community. Sri Lanka and the Responsibility to Protect will be of great interest to students of South-East Asian politics, human rights, international law, ethnic conflict, security studies and IR in general.

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Damien Kingsbury is Professor at the School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne. He is the author and editor of a number of books and numerous journal articles on political and security matters.

Table of contents

Introduction 1. The Meaning and Application of R2P 2. Politics and Ethnicity 3. The War in Sri Lanka 4. Cultural Dominance, Genocide and Crimes against Humanity 5. Sri Lanka and International Law 6. Opposition to R2P 7. Geo-Strategic Factors, R2P and Sri Lanka 8. Conclusion