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This chapter shows how the human rights-related role of the force would develop dramatically over time. It provides an overview of the contributions of UN peacekeeping forces in the former Yugoslavia. It will be remembered that the force had been established initially as a stabilization and protection force and carried the name the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR). The United Nations peacekeeping doctrine at the time did not envisage an active human rights protection role for United Nations peacekeepers and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations was far from having made the intellectual or policy leap into the notion that peacekeeping troops could play a role on human rights matters. The purpose of the Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) was to permit UN peace forces to support theatre forces in conducting their peacekeeping mandate.

Keywords:human rights; Peacekeeping; rapid reaction force (RRF); United Nations protection force (UNPROFOR); Yugoslavia



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