International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICR2P) is a community of commitment made up of civil society and non-governmental organizations from around the world who are dedicated to the promotion of human rights, the prevention of atrocities and the effective and consistent implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle.

Founded in 2009 by eight organizations, the Coalition now includes members representing all regions of the world. Working with local human rights defenders, global advocates and campaigners for international justice, the Coalition’s membership works to enhance our collective capacity to prevent and halt genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect currently hosts the Coalition, serving as its Secretariat. If your organization has any questions about the Coalition or is interested in joining, please email

Follow the work of the Coalition and its membership on Twitter @R2PCoalition.

ICR2P is underpinned by three core values:

1. Community built on shared principles: Given its nature as a Coalition, ICR2P is a rich community of passionate actors who believe strongly in the power of advocacy and activism to shape the world for the better. Coalition members are united in their dedication to the promotion of human rights, prevention of atrocities and effective and consistent implementation of R2P. All of ICR2P’s members engage with mutual respect, empathy and integrity.

2. Diversity fueling strength and purpose: As a community of commitment, the Coalition deeply values and finds strength in the diversity of its membership. With over 50 member organizations from across the world, ICR2P brings together and amplifies diverse voices, experiences and perspectives as the Coalition works to fulfill its mandate to prevent and halt atrocities.

3. Solidarity resulting in real action: ICR2P’s members stand in solidarity with one another and with vulnerable populations around the world, taking collective and proactive steps to spur the international community into action to prevent atrocity crimes and uphold its responsibility to protect.

ICR2P operates along four priority work areas that shape its identity and serve its core values:

1. Bridging multilevel advocacy gaps: ICR2P facilitates advocacy as a unit and among its members across national, regional and international/multilateral spaces. ICR2P ensures that the expertise of civil society is substantively informing discussions among policy- and decision-makers in relation to atrocity prevention and R2P.

2. Taking a stand: ICR2P is an innovative and powerful voice – that is consistently led by the expertise of local actors – on situations and themes relevant to atrocity prevention and R2P. By producing joint outputs and disseminating information, ICR2P draws the attention of policy- and decision-makers, as well as the general public to a specific issue related to atrocity crimes, vulnerable populations and R2P.

3. Creating community and synergies: ICR2P provides opportunities for its diverse member organizations to interact with and learn from each other, including through briefings and events. Through these opportunities, ICR2P facilitates stronger and more substantive connections between key civil society actors working in the fields of human rights and atrocity prevention in order to improve our collective and individual capacity to protect vulnerable populations.

4. Building capacity: ICR2P supports the work and bolsters the capacity of its member organizations on a regular basis, thereby empowering national and local civil society organizations working on atrocity prevention and R2P around the world, as well as improving early warning efforts on the ground.

Events hosted by ICR2P

Statements delivered on behalf of the International Coalition 


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Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5203
New York, NY 10016-4309, USA

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