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Second Dissemination Meeting/Policy Roundtable on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP)

Date: 28 March 2011
Venue:
Bangkok, Thailand
Organised by:
RSIS Centre for NTS Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS), Thailand, the National Research Council of Thailand, and the Strategic Studies Centre of the National Defence Studies Institute, Thailand.

The 2nd Dissemination Meeting and Policy Roundtable on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) held on 28 March 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand, was the second of two dissemination exercises to circulate the findings of the Responsibility to Protect Study Group convened by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in 2009. This Meeting was co-organised by the RSIS Centre for NTS Studies, the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS Thailand), the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) and the Strategic Studies Center (SSC) of the National Defence Studies Institute, Thailand.

The aims of the two dissemination meetings were to introduce possible policy entry points for operationalising the RtoP in Asia, and more broadly, promote an understanding of the RtoP and assist in operationalising it in Asian policymaking. In line with these aims, various topics were covered by the Study Group. The role of major powers in East Asia in the advancement of the RtoP was a major focus. In addition, the potential of regional mechanisms to promote and raise awareness of the RtoP was examined. The mechanisms which were assessed included the ASEAN Charter and the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), as well as the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC).
 
Prominent participants included keynote speaker Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea); Lieutenant General Prasart Sukkaset, Deputy Commanding General of the National Defence Studies Institute of the Royal Thai Armed Forces; and General Charan Kullavanijaya, former Secretary-General of the National Security Council and Chairman of the National Defence Alumni Think Tank of Thailand. There were also representatives from the military forces of Thailand, the Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, foreign embassies in Thailand, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), research institutes and universities.

 


Posted on: 28/3/2011 8:30:00 AM  |  Topic: Internal and Cross-Border Conflict


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