CONCEPT OF AN OBLIGATION to protect is not a new one, but the ex-Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, brought this concept up to date during his special mandate, that it is valuable to defend human rights for all, and that all participate in protecting them. In a world where information is instantaneous, where we know exactly where, how, and why human suffering is occurring, it is impossible to remain indifferent.
Primarily, governments are the most responsible for defending human rights, especially democratic governments, because they have been elected into office, but we are all citizens, we are all of humanity responsible for ensuring that the basic rights of all will be preserved.
NO MORE EXCUSES
In this way, the governments are primarily responsible for respecting the rights of their citizens, but also the international community is responsible in that there will be countries whose governments will not want to, or will be incapable of guaranteeing these rights for their citizens.
If human rights are universal and inalienable there is no excuse for not going to aid those who suffer threats to their lives, to their dignity, to their liberty, or simply limiting the development to the utmost of their capacities.
A MORAL OBLIGATION
The right to life implies the prevention of wars, of terrorism, of extreme poverty, and of the death penalty.
Los medios son el diálogo, la diplomacia y la fuerza disuasoria sancionadora o militar cuando no exista otra alternativa mejor. En eso consiste la obligación de proteger definida por el ex secretario general de Naciones Unidas, Kofi Annan que es a la vez una obligación moral y una acción necesaria para preservar la paz mundial.
The mediums available are dialogue, diplomacy, and the use dissuasive economic or military sanctions when no better alternative exists. In this consists the obligation to protect as defined by ex-secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, which is simultaneously a moral obligation as well as a necessary action in order to preserve world peace.