Saving civilian lives from mass atrocity crimes

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A woman and her children are pictured on the outskirts of Fertait, a village in Jonglei, South Sudan, burned down during the recent escalation of ethnic clashes in this area.

Recent global events in Syria and South Sudan have highlighted the importance of finding better ways to protect human life during mass atrocities, according to the UN.

A conference is being held in New York bringing together global policy makers to discuss the challenges in preventing and halting violence.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Delegates, policy experts and academics are meeting in New York to debate a political principle called the Responsibility to Protect or R2P.

R2P, first introduced in 2001, is based on the principle that sovereign states and the international community have a responsibility to protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes.

The United Nations has drawn on R2P to intervene in countries like Libya, where mass murders were taking place.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will attend the event, says the principle has helped save tens of thousands of lives.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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