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Securing Status And Protection Of Peacekeepers

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The status of peacekeepers and their protection is often neglected, both in the planning process and during the performance of their mission. In recent years military peace operations were started and conducted without much consideration for the legal status of the personnel to be deployed in the receiving state. This chapter discusses the relevant principles and procedures and develops policy proposals for improving the legal status of peacekeepers and their protection. Before discussing proposals to strengthen the legal status and protection of peacekeepers in the field, a general observation seems appropriate: legal immunities in the receiving state should by no means be misunderstood as offering impunity for any crimes or inhibiting claims in the event of wrongful acts committed by members of a mission. The protection of peacekeepers is an ever growing issue in modern peace operations, in which traditional peacekeeping is increasingly mixed with peace enforcement elements.

Keywords: legal status; modern peace operations; protection of peacekeepers



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