Senior lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Parahyangan Catholic University
That many Syrian civilians and innocent people were treated inhumanely by their own government through the use of chemical weapons would never be imagined, let alone accepted by the Indonesian people. That the United States, supported by the United Kingdom and France, responded by launching missile attacks against Syria is similarly intolerable to most Indonesians and the government alike.
A simple question then arises: what is more important, protecting civilians’ human rights or respecting a state’s sovereignty? The discourse was and is ongoing over whether it is legally and ethically acceptable to protect human rights for the sake of state sovereignty. As anticipated, the discussion is not likely to reach a unanimous agreement by all students studying conflict resolution, nor would it in global politics. Contrasts are quite clear.
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