n African Security Review - Chinese arms destined for Zimbabwe over South African territory : the R2P norm and the role of civil society : feature

Volume 17, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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This paper discusses the recent litigation initiated by civil society groups involving a Chinese vessel which attempted to discharge a consignment of arms in Durban destined for the government of Zimbabwe. The author considers the litigation as an example of the emerging norm of the 'responsibility to protect' which has recently been developed within the United Nations, and he argues that the decision by the South African government to grant a permit for the transport of the arms over South African territory for Zimbabwe offended against the responsibility to protect (R2P) norm.

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