"Coping with Mass Killing: The Responsibility to Protect" ICISS Report to the U.N. Launched by RPDEV in Manila

RPDEV sponsored the Manila presentation of the report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) entitled "The Responsibility to Protect." This was held on January 11, 2002 at the Kalayaan Room of the Export and Industry Bank Plaza in the City of Makati.

The ICISS Report "The Responsibility to Protect,", launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and other key cities around the world last December 18, 2001, highlights the need for effective intervention by a coalition of states to help endangered peoples who are victims of human rights violations, ethnic cleansing, forced migration, mass killings, etc. Such human catastrophes have been happening well before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. in many "least developed countries" (LDC's) such as Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia, Somalia, Sierra Leone and East Timor.

The ICISS is an independent commission established in September 2000 as a response to the challenge of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to the international community to endeavor to build a new international consensus on how to respond to massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law because of the inability of some states to cope with insurgency and civil war or the persistence of abusive and corrupt regimes in various countries.

The Government of Canada, with the support of key humanitarian organizations, is the leading supporter of the ICISS. Former Philippine President and RPDEV Chair Fidel V. Ramos is part of the 12-member Commission composed of the eminent personages from the international community, which also includes Former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans of Australia and Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun of Algeria, who serve as Co-Chairs of the Commission.

Members of the Cabinet headed by National Security Council Director General Roilo Golez, the Diplomatic Corps, academe, foundations, and foreign affairs specialists from media attended the briefing-cum-presentation.

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