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The Role Of The International Criminal Court In The Prosecution Of Peacekeepers For Sexual Offenses

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This chapter analyzes how it is feasible to put on trial personnel engaged in peace support operations (PSOs), before the ICC. The first section peruses the scope and extent of sexual activities of peacekeepers. The second section distinguishes the different types of personnel present in PSOs, while the third contemplates whether violations of the zero-tolerance policy of the United Nations are properly investigated and prosecuted. The fourth section scrutinizes the zero-tolerance policy of the United Nations in the light of the jurisprudence of the international criminal tribunals with regards to gender crime. The fifth section focuses on the possibility of holding peacekeeping personnel accountable before the ICC. Finally, it recommends a particular procedure that includes the ICC so as to efficiently tackle sexual crimes committed by peacekeepers. This chapter focuses on three types of sexual activities: rape, repeated rapes, and prostitution or sexual slavery.

Keywords: international criminal court; international criminal law; peacekeepers; prosecution; rape; sexual offenses; sexual slavery; United Nations; zero-tolerance policy



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