The Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) is a non-profit research organization which aims to promote scholarly engagement and political implementation of the R2P principle. This Centre was co-founded on Feb 14, 2010 by Tina Park and Victor MacDiarmid. Please click here for our 5th year anniversary video.
The Responsibility to Protect, also referred to as RtoP or R2P, is a newly emerging norm coined in 2001 and later adopted by 150 states at the 2005 World Summit, which maintains that when sovereign states are unable or unwilling to fulfill their responsibility to protect their own populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity, the international community has the responsibility to do so.
Based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, the CCR2P has ten core mandates:
1) To conduct research on the normative, legal and policy dimensions of the R2P principle;
2) To trace the evolution of the Canadian government’s policies with regards to the R2P principle and advocate for timely implementation of R2P principle in Canadian foreign policy;
3) To serve as a hub for information, research and analyses on R2P through our online database;
4) To provide timely and multilingual data on R2P online through the R2Plive.org project;
5) To collaborate with other research institutes and civil society groups working on R2P for national and regional prevention and response mechanisms;
6) To nurture the young minds (high schools/undergraduates) through R2P Education Kit and our annual outreach program, as well as through social media plantform such as Twitter & Youtube;
7) To create a national and global network of R2P scholars (Junior Fellows & Senior Fellows) and foster intellectual engagements on R2P;
8) To communicate its R2P-related findings with the academic community, political actors, civil society groups and the general public on a regular basis (print and online media);
9) To provide a cross-disciplinary forum for public discussion and debates on R2P through its annual symposium; and
10) To be ready to engage with, and to offer consultations to, governmental and inter-governmental agencies for strategically implementing R2P in the policy-making process.
The CCR2P currently has over a hundred analysts at the University of Toronto and over 150 fellows across the globe in our R2P Scholars Network program. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Please click here for Tina Park’s statement at the UN General Assembly’s Interactive Dialogue on R2P at the UN Headquarters, NYC in September 2015.
All photos by Milan Ilnyckyj
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
March 20, 2014
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide at the University of Toronto
TORONTO, ON – A campaign to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide will be held at the University of Toronto, from March to April 2014.
The campaign, called “Journey of Lessons Learned,” will be jointly hosted by the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the Bill Graham Centre for the Contemporary International History, and the International Relations Programme at Trinity College, University of Toronto.
The campaign consists of the following projects:
– March 29th: A full day conference featuring Dr. Jennifer Welsh, the UN Secretary-General’s Representative on R2P, as the keynote speaker (Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Pl.)
– April 1st: A student panel discussion with Dr. Madeline Albright and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy
(Seeley Hall, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave.)
– Early April: Publication project with CIC’s Opencanada.org called “Canadian Voices on R2P”
– April 5th: Youth & Education Outreach to 10 high-schools in the Greater Toronto Area
– April 15th-17th: A film festival called “Eyes on Genocide” at Media Commons, Robarts Library
ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT
The Responsibility to Protect, also referred to as RtoP or R2P, is an international principle coined in 2001 under the leadership of the Canadian government and later adopted at the 2005 World Summit by 150 heads of government. R2P states that when sovereign states are unable or unwilling to fulfill their responsibility to protect their own populations from mass atrocities such as genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the international community has the responsibility to do so. R2P is an emerging norm in international relations and has received much attention lately in light of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Libya and the on-going conflict in Syria.
The Canadian Centre for R2P, based at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, is a leading Canadian, non-partisan and non-profit research organization which aims to promote scholarly engagement and political implementation of the R2P principle.