After the Holocaust the world vowed to “never again” allow such violence and cruelty to take place. However, with the 20th century watching one mass atrocity after another occur across the globe, the commitment to protect human beings and to prevent such disasters have often failed.
Due to the failure the UN called for a stronger civilian protection system. In 2005 the UN adopted the Responsibility to Protect norm which outlined that all states were obligated to protect all populations from mass atrocity.
In order to adequately respond to genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, and support the new emerging norm – The Responsibility to Protect - the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) has developed and launched a 3-year program to support the norm: “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P).
In April 2011 the UN Association of Armenia (AUNA) joined the Program “Responsibility to Protect (R2P): Mobilizing Public and Political Will”.
The program goal is to mobilize public and political will to prevent and, if necessary, act in the face of mass human rights violations by strengthening and building advocates on R2P. The Program prepares UNAs to better engage in dialogue with governments, civil society, the academic community, the media and the UN on the issue of R2P. By raising awareness and the understanding of R2P, the increased civil society engagement will lead to a greater demand on States to respect human rights and their commitment to civilian protection under the R2P norm and strengthen the UN international framework to prevent mass human rights violations.
This program works to engage and encourage civil society to mobilize and push for the political will in their nation and internationally for the purposes of prevention and action against mass atrocities. Some of the programs goals include increasing knowledge and awareness of R2P through training, expanding media coverage and political debate surrounding R2P issues and provide effective methods for information dissemination and advocacy.