The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP)

The coalition serves to convene international non-government organizations (NGOs) worldwide towards collective efforts to strengthen consensus for the Responsibility to Protect by strengthening capacity to prevent and halt genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanities. We seek to collectively mobilize to achieve action to save lives in country-specific situations. 

Founded in 2009 by 8 NGOs, there are now 66 members of the Coalition. To learn more about our work, please visit us on TwitterFacebook, and/or LinkedIn

The Coalition supports the Responsibility to Protect norm agreed to in Paragraphs 138-139 of the 2005 UN World Summit Outcome Document: 

  1. States have the primary obligation to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. This responsibility also includes prevention of these crimes, including incitement.
  2. The international community should, as appropriate, encourage and help States to exercise this responsibility.
  3. The international community should support the UN in establishing an early warning capability.
  4. The international community also has the responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other peaceful means under Chapter VI and VIII of the UN Charter to help protect populations threatened by these crimes.
  5. When a state “manifestly fails” in its protection responsibilities, and peaceful means are inadequate, the international community must take stronger measures including Chapter VII measures under the UN Charter, including but not limited to the collective use of force authorized by the Security Council.