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Hans von Sponeck and Sharon Moe: Responsibility to Protect (R2P) & U.S. Foreign Policy [Web]
About this show
R2P has been the basis for justifying military actions in Libya — arguing for similar actions in Syria – and used, after the fact, to justify military intervention in Iraq. Clearly it’s important to discuss this issue. A government’s job is to protect its citizens. When it is unable to do so — or even violates its citizens’ rights — does the international community have a responsibility to respond? And in what manner? Hear an informed discussion about justifications and dangers involved in applying R2P in our world today.
Hans von Sponeck served as a UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. In 1957 he was one of the first conscientious objectors in the Federal Republic of Germany.
After Denis Halliday resigned as UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq in October 1998, von Sponeck took over, heading all UN operations in Iraq and managing the Iraqi operations of the Oil-for-Food program. Von Sponeck resigned in February 2000 to protest UN's Iraq sanctions policy. Von Sponeck accused the sanctions regime of violating the Geneva Conventions and other international laws and causing the death of thousands of Iraqis.
Rev. Sharon Moe is the District Superintendent of the Tacoma District of United Methodist churches. Rev. Moe has traveled in the Middle East, most specifically, twice to Iraq with Peace Missions, to Syria with a United Nations Association mission to research the situation of Iraqi refugees in Syria, and travels frequently to Israel and the West Bank. She lived for a short time in Israel at the West Bank wall outside Bethlehem. Rev. Moe continues to work with a cross cultural camping program for Palestinian Christian children and young adults.
Sponsored by: Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility; Greater Seattle United Nations Association; Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation; Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation; University Temple United Methodist Church; American Friends Service Committee, West Region; Phinney Neighbors for Peace and Justice; Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq.
Recorded at University Temple United Methodist Church 10/10/12
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