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World powers “failing” to protect refugees’ rights

Published on 30 January 2020

Governments of some of the world’s most powerful nations fail to live up to their responsibilities in addressing human rights abuses in war zones.

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Governments of some of the world’s most powerful nations fail to live up to their responsibilities in addressing human rights abuses in war zones.

Kurt Mills, Professor of International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Dundee, says that a lack of political will from nations, including the United States and United Kingdom, allows atrocities and war crimes to continue unchecked.

Professor Mills will be discussing his work at the next Dundee Arts Café, which takes place at the McManus Café on Tuesday 4 February.

Despite the development of laws and institutions by the international community to address violent conflict and violations of human rights, concrete action to protect those people caught up in war often fail to live up to expectations.

He said, “The way the European Union has dealt with refugee crises from Libya and Syria has highlighted how governments are reluctant to get involved in these situations. This is nothing new and has been evident in places like the former Yugoslavia, Yemen, and Darfur.

“While governments are able to provide humanitarian assistance, there is little effort to protect the human rights of some of the planet’s most vulnerable people. My talk will look at how and why these failures persist.”

Professor Mills’ talk, Dealing with Human Rights Abuses in Conflict, takes place at the McManus Café at 6pm on Tuesday 4 February. Entry to the talk is free but tickets are required and are obtainable online.

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