U.N. study finds peacekeepers avoid using force to protect civilians




 
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U.N. study finds peacekeepers avoid using force to protect civilians
 
May 16th, 2014  
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U.N. study finds peacekeepers avoid using force to protect civilians
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations peacekeeping missions routinely avoid using force to protect civilians who are under attack, intervening in only 20 percent of cases despite being authorized to do so by the U.N. Security Council, an internal U.N. study found. "There is a persistent pattern of peacekeeping operations not intervening with force when civilians are under attack," the report by the Office of Internal Oversight Services said. "Peacekeepers are absent from many locations when civilians come under attack, and when they are present, are unable or unwilling to prevent serious physical harm from being inflicted," the 26-page report said. Of 507 incidents involving civilians that were included in U.N. reports between 2010 and 2013, 101 sparked immediate response from peacekeepers, the report said.




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