Peace-keeping and human rights

Index Number: IOR 40/001/1994

This paper examines the evolution of human rights protection and promotion in the context of United Nations (UN) peace-keeping operations. It sets out AI’s 15-Point Program for Implementing Human Rights in Peace-keeping Operations. The first part of the paper examines the role of the UN so far in the area of peace-keeping and human rights protection. It includes case-studies of recent peace-keeping operations and proposes a series of human rights measures to be included in the planning and implementation of future operations. Attacks on peace-keeping personnel, as well as the indiscriminate use of force and other abuses by peace-keeping forces, are examined in the second part. The final section elaborates in more detail the recommendations contained in the 15-Point Program.

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