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That was the fate of at least 80 million men, women, and children in the 20th century, including Armenians in Turkey, Jews in Europe, suspect classes in the Soviet Union and China, communists in Indonesia, non-communists in Cambodia, Bengalis in former East Pakistan, Asians in Uganda, Tutsis in Rwanda and Muslims in the former Yugoslavia.The Genocide Convention, adopted on Dec. 9, 1948, in response to the Holocaust, should have been a circuit breaker.The good news is that a genuine – and unprecedented – global consensus has emerged over the last 10 years: State sovereignty is not a license to kill. Mass atrocity crimes – even those committed entirely within a state's borders – have become the world's business.Most U.N. peacekeeping operations now have strong mandates to protect civilians, and most of those operations succeed in preventing simmering conflicts from escalating.The not-so-good news is that on the critical challenge of stopping mass atrocity crimes that are actually occurring, R2P's record has been mixed, at best. Rebuilding consensus within the Security Council is not impossible, but it will take time.
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