Beatriz Escriña Cremades

Beatriz Escriña Cremades is Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Security Council Affairs Division, and former Public Information Officer/Special Assistant, African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

More than a decade has passed since Nelson Mandela, in his capacity as President of the Republic of South Africa, addressed the Heads of State and Government of the then Organization of African Unity (OAU). In his speech, he focused on one of the biggest dilemmas the world had been facing since the end of the Cold War: should outside forces intervene in the internal affairs of a state when the civilian population is suffering massive violations of human rights and the state is unable or unwilling to fulfil its responsibility to protect its own people? Although his message was conveyed to those present in Ouagadougou, its essence can be extended to the entire international community.