UNU Policy Brief Number 2, 2010: The Responsibility to Protect Minorities and the Problem of the Kin-State

Turner, Nicholas and Otsuki, Nanako (2010). UNU Policy Brief Number 2, 2010: The Responsibility to Protect Minorities and the Problem of the Kin-State. Policy Briefs. United Nations University Press.

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    Author Turner, Nicholas
    Otsuki, Nanako
    Title UNU Policy Brief Number 2, 2010: The Responsibility to Protect Minorities and the Problem of the Kin-State
    Series Title Policy Briefs
    Publication Date 2010
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University Press
    Pages 7
    Language eng
    Abstract Genocide and ethnic cleansing have all- too-clearly demonstrated the dangers of failing to protect minority groups. A “kin-state” with strong ethnic, cultural, religious or linguistic links to a minority population abroad, may be well-placed to assist in its protection. But unilateral interference by kin-states can raise tensions with host-states, endangering international peace and security. If a state neglects its primary responsibility to protect minorities under its jurisdiction, the subsidiary responsibility lies with the international community as a whole, not the kin- state in particular. Kin-state interest in minorities abroad must be pursued through constructive engagement, rather than unilateral interference. At the same time, international and regional organizations must build domestic state capacity while strengthening the tools and political will to deliver timely collective responses when states fail in their responsibilities. Bilateral and multilateral mechanisms alike can counter nationalist rhetoric and policies by emphasising that a diverse, well- integrated society is in the interest of both the majority and minorities.
    Keyword minorities
    kin-state
    Peace and Security
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2010
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 18148026
    ISBN 9789280830798
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