Maat in its report on the sexual abuse of blue berets: Zero tolerance regarding accountability
Millions of peacekeepers in the world have made a difference in the countries where they have worked. The United Nations umbrella was the sponsor of more than 72 peace-keeping operations, which had achieved successes in many cases and failed in others. However, these efforts are not without flaws that disturb the humanitarian work.
The United Nations has not established a legal framework for the accountability and control of peacekeepers under the umbrella of the international organization. The legal framework is more general and only bilateral and multilateral agreements. The laws, which is the worst, differentiate between civilian and military personnel, causing problems in accountability and law enforcement.
Peacekeepers enjoy immunity granted to them in a jurisdiction to protect them in the host State under article V of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations. The sending State is committed to investigation and the United Nations is limited to administrative investigations only if the sending State fails to conduct its own investigations within 10 days of the submission of the allegation to its authorities.
The United Nations applies the zero-tolerance policy, however, it has not deterred accused persons. Therefore, Maat may call upon a review of the international instruments on the immunity of the officials of the United Nations, a pressure on sending States to implement accountability and the need to focus on and rehabilitate the victim rather than on the perpetrator as a holistic approach to reform.
The full report can be found at the following link: https://www.maatpeace.
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