Friday, May 23, 2008
Several European officials have raised the possibility that the government of Myanmar has violated international humanitarian law by hindering the delivery of humanitarian aid to its people after Cyclone Nargis. Some European officials have suggested that the international community should invoke the "responsibility to protect" or "R2P" principle to justify intervention in Myanmar even in the absence of governmental permission. Yesterday (May 22), the European Parliament adopted a resolution stating that if the the Myanmar government does not change its position, it should be held accountable for committing a crime against humanity. The EU Parliament urged the EU to seek a United Nations Security Council resolution referring the matter to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the Myanmar government continues to prevent aid from reaching survivors in disaster areas. In contrast, other European leaders have suggested that these types of actions will provoke the Myanmar government and make the sitution worse.