The Responsibility to Protect in Latin America
A New Map
Edited by Monica Serrano, Claudio Fuentes
Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages
This books assesses the opportunities for the normative and practical advancement of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Latin America.
The volume identifies the points of resistance and potential obstacles to the advancement of R2P in Latin America, a region often overlooked in this context but which has considerable potential to advance the R2P cause. This is both on account of the progress that human rights have made on the continent since the 1980s, and of the experience there of the crimes envisaged by the R2P norm.
The book is divided into two sections. The first part offers a detailed study of the evolution of views and attitudes towards the R2P in eight different country cases. Individual chapters provide an analysis of the way in which the debate on humanitarian intervention and the R2P evolved in the period between NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999, and the endorsement of the R2P in paragraphs 138 and 139 of the 2005 Summit Outcome Document. These analyses, together with the statements delivered by different delegations in the 2009 R2P debate in the General Assembly provide the basis for a more thorough diagnosis of the movement of each country along a spectrum whose most noticeable aspect has been the movement of formerly neutral states towards more active support. Although the group of countries considered in this study does not include declared 'spoilers', the evolution of the positions of both Brazil, and most notably Bolivia, offers substantial evidence of the opportunities for normative advancement. Each case-study offers a brief overview of the main variables and factors that account for the country’s position towards R2P. The study thus begins by tracing each country’s record in human rights norms. This brief historical account of the role played by each country in both the regional and international human rights regimes provides the background for the in-depth analysis of a rich variety of trajectories.
This book will be of much interest to students of the Responsibility to Protect, Latin American politics, international law, human rights, IR and security studies.
Introduction Claudio Fuentes and Mónica Serrano Part 1: Mapping the Responsibility to Protect in Latin America 1. Argentina and the R2P: Foreign Policy and Human Rights Carina Solmirano 2. Brazil, the R2P and the Shaping of Regional Order Marcelo Biato Fortuna 3. Small Country, Big Challenges: R2P in Chile’s Foreign Policy Claudio Fuentes 4. Costa Rica and R2P: Trailblazer or Mouthpiece of the North? Jorge A. Ballestero 5. Mexico and the R2P: From Non-Intervention to Active Engagement? Mónica Serrano and Diego Dewar 6. Guatemala: A Test-Case for the R2P? Manolo E. Vela Castañeda 7. Bolivia: Violence in Pando & the R2P George Gray Molina and Gustavo Bonifaz 8. Colombia: A Free-Rider with a Vested Interest in the (Non)-Development of R2P? Diego Dewar and Annette Idler Part 3: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect 9. Preventing and Responding to Mass Atrocities: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions Thomas Pegram 10. Developing R2P Regional Institutional Capacities Thomas Legler 11. Latin American Responsibilities in Vulnerable States: The Case of Haiti Mónica Hirst