Humanitarian crisis in Myanmar: Another failure for “responsibility to protect”

Güneş Gülal A. G., Seyirci T., Tuncer F. F.

Humanitarian crisis in Myanmar: Another failure for “responsibility to protect”, pp.1-10, 2021 (ESCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/pa.2778
  • Journal Name: Humanitarian crisis in Myanmar: Another failure for “responsibility to protect”
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, ABI/INFORM, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Communication & Mass Media Index, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, vLex
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-10
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


In 2005, the R2P was adopted unanimously at the UN World Summit. After the discussions and resolutions, the R2P has been invoked and implemented in several crises. Despite human rights violations and war crimes in Myanmar, the UN Security Council has failed to respond to these crimes and to implement R2P in this case. The passive approach of the UNSC led to atrocity crimes. In 2017, the Myanmar military launched a “clearance operation,” thousands of people had to leave the country. Since then, the UNSC has neither adopted a resolution, nor applied sanctions or reminded the R2P to Myanmar government. This article explores the Myanmar crisis and analyzes the UN Security Council's muted response to the Rohingyas crisis. In conclusion, we argue that the veto power of China and Russia restrains the effectiveness of the UNSC in Myanmar case.