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University of Baltimore Journal of International Law

Abstract

This comment looks at the current crisis in Syria and its effect on Lebanon. This comment first looks at the recent history of Lebanon stemming from the entrance of Palestinians into Lebanon after their deportation of Israel to Lebanon today. Thereafter, this comment looks at the evolution of the responsibility to protect doctrine from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to the 2005 World Summit Outcome Report to the 2009 Secretary General Report on Responsibility to Protect. This comment addresses the role of both Lebanon and the international community in its responsibility to protect Syrian refugees. This comment concludes with the argument that under three pillars of the responsibility to protect doctrine, Lebanon has a responsibility to protect Syrian refugees entering its border and has sufficiently done so despite threats of starvation and inadequate shelter among Syrian refugees. Finally, this comment discusses the failures of the international Community in its responsibility to protect Syria.

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