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SERRANO, Mónica. Idealist Promises? Latin America in times of Responsibility to Protect.Traducido porLorena Murillo S.. Foro int [online]. 2017, vol.57, n.1, pp.55-108. ISSN 0185-013X.

The inclusion of the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and its crystallization in paragraphs 138 and 139 of the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document would not have been possible without the support of a large group of Latin American countries. This paper analyzes the factors that explain the sympathy that the principle aroused among some countries in the region, as well as the reasons that other countries have put forward to justify their rejection of the R2P. It highlights, firstly, the weight of the human rights regime in Latin America, as well as the enabling environment of the democratizing wave in the region. However, one of the keys to understanding support for a principle that seeks to prevent the perpetration of heinous crimes, even at the risk of intervention, lies in the region’s own experience of crimes against humanity.

Palabras llave : human rights; heinous crimes; crimes against humanity; humanitarian intervention.

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