Aces (2) by W. Wayne Patton

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The opposition groups are fighting against each other and the Assad regime, and all groups are known to violate IHL and deny civilians even the most basic human rights. They thus contradict everything the UN stands for and R2P intends to prevent or stop. An investigation of the conditions for the use of force under R2P in Syria has revealed that the Just Cause threshold has been met since there is strong evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Furthermore, the use of force constitutes Last Resort since further diplomatic efforts, in the unlikely case that the UN would be able to agree on any, are likely to fail “because diplomacy always reflects the power relationship on the ground” (Abrams, 2014).

As a result, France is accused of having contributed to Syria’s internal social and political tensions which have led to Syria’s problem today. Since the end of the French mandate, Franco- Syrian relationships have been strained, mostly because of Syria’s Lebanon policy which is dominated by Syrian’s disregard for Lebanese sovereignty, including the Syrian occupation from 1976 to 2004, and its geostrategic interests in the region which resulted in Lebanon becoming the battleground for several proxy wars, including one Israel-Syrian war (Yacoubian, 2006).

58 Appendix Table 1: Comparison of the ICISS’ R2P criteria with R2P implementation in international law and UNSC documents R2P2001 (ICISS, 2001) RtoP incorporated in Written down in international treaties, resolutions, laws Primary responsibility to protect a state’s populations lies with the state, if “the state in question is unwilling or unable to halt or avert it, the principle of nonintervention yields to the international responsibility to protect” (p. 22f) States have the responsibility to protect the population, The international community has to support states to fulfil this responsibility and has to step in, if these fail to fulfil their responsibility 2005 World Summit Outcome Document § 138, 139, reaffirmed in UNSC Res.

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