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At the heart of the concept of the UN Protected Areas was the idea of safeguarding human rights. Humanitarian operations sought to provide assistance and protection to innocent victims but needed the peacemakers to negotiate an end to conflicts. Peacekeepers were introduced to the former Yugoslavia to help protect people, then to assist in the delivery of humanitarian assistance, then to fight for the protection of the victims. The Special Rapporteur of the then UN Commission on Human Rights exposed widespread gross violations of human rights and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. The Commission of Experts that gathered evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and the ICTY, were conceived in the ICFY and Vance and Owen waged a diplomatic campaign to get them established.

Keywords:former Yugoslavia; human rights; humanitarian operations; peacekeepers; peacemakers; special rapporteur; UN protected areas



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