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An Emerging Legal Regime against Impunity

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In his landmark report, An Agenda for Peace, the Secretary-General drew particular attention to the safety of UN personnel. He especially recommended to the Security Council that it should “gravely consider what action should be taken towards those who put United Nations personnel in danger”. The drafters of the Safety Convention identified the problem of protection as largely being connected to one of enforcement of already established norms. The developing “culture of impunity” in relation to attacks on personnel involved in peace operations was regarded as being the most alarming of issues. The seriousness of crimes committed against UN and associated personnel was emphasised by the International Law Commission when it became one of five categories to be included in the Draft Code of Crimes against Peace and Security of Mankind (the Draft Code).

Keywords: Draft Code; impunity; International Law Commission; peace operations; Safety Convention; Security Council; UN personnel



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