n Malawi Law Journal - Africa and the international community's use of military force as a means of protecting civilians : lessons from Libya

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1996-7675


The development and protection of human rights has gained momentum since the end of the Second World War. Continental, regional and sub-regional bodies have been formed all in the name of complementing the United Nations (UN) in preserving peace and protecting human rights. This article discusses the Libyan uprising and the lessons Africa should derive from the application of the principle of the responsibility to protect to solve similar crises. In conflict situations, there has to be a balance between maintaining peace and order and allowing citizens to express their dissatisfaction with governing authorities. With that in mind, the African Union must play an active role in protecting civilians and constitutionally elected governments and this can be achieved through strengthening the institutions that are tasked with maintaining international peace and protecting human rights.

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